HE MIGHT have just met his new teammates but Emerson Hyndman isn’t being shy about his ambitions of pushing some of them aside to grab a starting spot in the Rangers side.
The 20-year-old has signed on a loan deal from Premier League Bournemouth until the end of the season and he insists he isn’t here to make up the numbers. Hyndman is confident he can nail down a place in midfield.
The central midfielder has been learning from the best at his parent club where he has spent the past six months training alongside England international Jack Wilshere.
Hyndman told RangersTV:
“I am definitely here to compete for a starting spot, the same way everyone else is. It is up to me to push the guys who are here and to really make an effort to get into the team.
“I hope breaking into the team comes sooner rather than later for me but I know I am good to compete, just like everybody else is already. I have to earn my spot as quick as I can.
“It is always good to have a player like Jack Wilshere at any club really; he brings a different type of class to a team like Bournemouth.
“You can see his quality and every single day you learn different things from him. Even if you are going up against him you learn how he moves and the way he thinks – I have learn a lot from him.
“I think the whole team down there has improved thanks to him and the whole experience of being at Bournemouth since the summer has improved me, not just on the pitch by mentally as well.
“I am a technical player, I like to pass the ball about, I am quite unselfish and like to help the team and my teammates, as well as supply and score goals.
“Any league is physical and it always comes down to that, I think it will be good exposure in this league for me but honestly I am just here to improve the team. I am not here just for myself and that is what I look forward to doing.”
Hyndman already knows a thing or two about the Rangers support thanks, in part, to his US teammate Gedion Zelalem, who he recalls raving about his time at Ibrox while on international duty.
The former Fulham youngster will be introduced to the Gers support this weekend in Germany when the side travel to take on RB Leipzig in a friendly.
“I asked Gedion how he was doing when he was on loan here and he said he was really enjoying himself and that he liked the manager and liked the players here. He really enjoyed playing in front of 50,000 every week.
“I kept that in the back of my mind when I was thinking about Rangers and I also saw him play here quite a lot on TV. I took that advice when deciding to come here.
“The weekend will be a good first test and it will be a good game for me to get used to playing with the guys and get that kind of exposure with the team.
“A friendly I think is what you want when you first arrive, you want at least one game to get used to everyone and how the team plays and then you can go from there.
“The boys have all been great, the manager here is great too and I have had some good chats with him already and I’m looking forward to being here.”