Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football Scottish Rangers

We regrouped and showed our steel: Hyndman

Motherwell 0 - Rangers 2

By Andy Newport

Emerson Hyndman admits Rangers were left hitting the panic button when they were reduced to 10 men after just four minutes against Motherwell.

The match had barely kicked off at Fir Park when winger Michael O'Halloran got himself sent off for a dangerous stamp on Carl McHugh.

And Hyndman confessed alarm spread through his side as they faced up to the nightmare scenario.

But after holding off an early Well onslaught, the numbers were evened up when the Steelmen's Scott McDonald was also dismissed for a late challenge of his own.

That allowed Gers to re-establish themselves and they eventually got the 2-0 win with strikes from Kenny Miller and Hyndman in the final 18 minutes.

"There's always nerves when someone is sent off because you've got to change your shape sometimes and things can go against you," said on-loan Bournemouth midfielder Hyndman after making his first Rangers start.

"We regrouped. It took a bit of time in the first half but once we found our feet we did quite well.

"I think everyone panics just a bit going a man down because it was so early on. But once we realised that we could keep possession quite well, especially in their half, and create chances then everyone calmed down. We took control."

Hyndman joined Gers on a deal until the end of the season earlier this month and the 20-year-old has made a swift impact. He set up Miller to clinch a dramatic late victory in last week's Scottish Cup clash at Ibrox, then followed that up with a dynamic display against Well during Saturday's Ladbrokes Premiership clash.

He was the architect of Miller's 72nd-minute opener and clinched a 2-0 win that moves Mark Warburton's team back up to second with his maiden Rangers strike three minutes from time.

The American international admits the move could not have gone smoother, so far.

He said: "I've worked hard in training, got to know the boys quite quickly. There is an attacking mindset and I think as a midfielder who likes to get in the box it's an easy transition.

"Getting goals is something I hope to do. With the team we have we have possession most games and get in the box quite often.

"I try to create chances, defend well, and as long as I do that chances will come."


Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph