AS full debuts go Emerson Hyndman’s had it all – goals, red cards and drama as the American shone on his first start for the Gers.
Hyndman netted his first Rangers goal three minutes from time in the Light Blues 2-0 victory over Motherwell and was integral in the build-up to Kenny Miller’s opener.
The 20-year-old has played just twice for Mark Warburton’s side but he already senses and shows that he is going to slot into his manager’s side with ease.
The USA International said:
“It was some game! After four minutes it wasn’t great but we had a good spell right after it and kept the ball quite well.
“I think that frustrated them quite a bit and I think that kind of resulted in that tackle they had and ultimately the red card.
“Once it was 10 men it evened out a bit for us and we took control.
“I wouldn’t call myself a goalscorer but I try to get in and around the box and who knows? When you get chances you have to try and put them away and I had two today and luckily I scored one.
“It is a very attacking team, you find space and people can create chances on their own as well which is nice.
“I think whenever you have a team which is attacking minded then you find chances easier.
“I just wanted to help the boys control the game, that was part of it; you have to move the ball quickly against these types of teams.
“You have to try to shift them around and find space where you can and I think we did that quite well.”
Michael O’Halloran was shown a straight red inside five minutes after a high tackle on the Steelmen’s Carl McHugh and Hyndman admits the dismissal did make things tough for those left on the pitch.
The midfielder is now hoping to retain his starting spot for Rangers midweek trip to Tynecastle after completing his first 90 minutes in six weeks.
The Bournemouth loanee continued:
“It is always tough to lose a man; no matter what time it is in the game, but that early especially can be a killer sometimes.
“I think we rebounded quite well and got on the front foot and kept the ball in their half, which was a big part of it.
“I have never played at Tynecastle before, I have played here (Fir Park) before in a pre-season game so I knew what to expect.
“Hearts I know is a difficult place to go but look we are confident and we know we have quality in our team. We just want to go there and put in a performance.”