Kilmarnock sign Gary Dicker from Carlisle and Lee Hodson from MK Dons

Milton Keynes Dons' Lee Hodson
Image: Lee Hodson has headed north to Rugby Park

Kilmarnock have signed midfielder Gary Dicker from Carlisle United and defender Lee Hodson from MK Dons.

Dicker, 29, has been with the Cumbrians since June 2014 when he joined them on a free transfer from Crawley Town.

He had previously played for Stockport County, Brighton & Hove Albion and Rochdale.

Dicker, who started for Carlisle in their FA Cup defeat to Everton on Sunday, could make his debut for Killie in the Scottish Cup tie against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.  

Kilmarnock assistant coach Peter Leven said: "We have been in talks with Gary over the last few weeks, He is a good midfield player and we're delighted to welcome him to Kilmarnock FC at an important stage in the season."

Dicker said: "I'm looking forward to joining the team at Kilmarnock and hopefully making a valuable contribution over the course of the next few weeks."

Northern Ireland international Hodson has moved to Rugby Park on loan from MK Dons until the end of the season. 

Right-back Hodson has made 51 appearances since moving to the Dons in July 2013 but has seen his match action limited this season, featuring just eight times in all competitions. 

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Leven said: "We are looking forward to welcoming Lee who will be a valuable addition to the squad. He has had a successful first-team career and has proven himself at international level."

Milton Keynes Dons' Lee Hodson
Image: Lee Hodson has headed north to Rugby Park

Hodson said: "I am delighted to join Kilmarnock until the end of the season and I am looking forward to establishing my place in the team and performing well for the club. 

"I know Josh Magennis from Northern Ireland and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the boys. 

"It is great for me to get the opportunity to join the Scottish Premiership and I can't wait to get started."

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