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Hyndman hails Murty's efforts to guide Gers through crisis

Rangers midfielder Emerson Hyndman reckons caretaker manager Graeme Murty deserves praise for stepping into the Ibrox breach.

The Under-20s boss was thrust into the Light Blues' top job in the wake of Mark Warburton's departure.

But it has proved to be a challenging project for the former Reading defender. He presided over Rangers' first away defeat to Dundee in 25 years and also saw the team lose away to Inverness last Friday.

However, with Gers chiefs closing in on a new head coach - with an appointment expected next week - Murty grabbed his first Ladbrokes Premiership win on Wednesday night, with Hyndman delivering the dramatic stoppage-time winner that sealed a 3-2 victory over St Johnstone.

And the on-loan Bournemouth ace dedicated his strike to the stand-in boss after insisting Murty should be applauded for the way he has managed the crisis.

"He's been brilliant," said the United States international. "It's always a tough position as a kind of interim manager, especially with the way things have went.

"But I credit him for coming in and establishing what he wants us to do. I think the boys got behind him quite well.

"The results didn't really show what he was doing and how good he was but it was nice to give him that positive feeling on Wednesday night."

Gers cut Aberdeen's lead to six points in the race for second and Hyndman - who will line-up against Hamilton today in a William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final at Ibrox - insists there is still plenty to play for this term.

"Of course there is," he said. "We saw the Aberdeen result but we're just focused on ourselves."

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