GRAEME Murty said he was ready to jump into the crowd after Emerson Hyndman grabbed an injury time winner at Ibrox to defeat St Johnstone.

The Saints had pulled things level on 87 minutes but the American’s late goal grabbed three points for a Gers side who Murty commended for their spirit and character.

Rob Kiernan was dismissed with 12 minutes left to play and the caretaker boss is hoping the manner of the win instils some confidence and belief in his Light Blues.

Speaking to RangersTV Murty smiled:

“I can’t describe how I felt when the winner went in, I got mobbed, I got jumped on and I was about to dive in the stand.

“You just get caught up in it because I thought if we hadn’t won the game if would be another kick in the teeth for a group of players who have worked extremely hard and I was just really relived for them.

“I would just like to commend the players’ spirit and their character and I actually think the players fully deserved the win.

“I think they showed all the attributes we have been talking about, they wanted to be hard to beat, they wanted to be passionate and dig in.

“There is no better to demonstrate those types of attributes than winning with 10 men.

“It was tense to say the least, I thought at 2-0 we were really comfortable and we played some really good football.

“But I thought that again we got a little bit lose, a little bit slack and a bit stretched and then there was the red card and that gives them another leg up.

“We could have been two, three, four up or even five but we weren’t and the players had to deal with the reality of that, just as they had to deal with the reality of going down to 10 men.

“I thought they picked themselves up really well, stuck together and then they managed to come out with a really good result.

“The guys have had some knocks, they have had lots of knocks and confidence is a really fragile thing and so is belief.

“Hopefully the way they went about the game today and the manner in which they played will give them a belief to go onto a little run.

“I am just glad they got what they deserved today because they didn’t up in Inverness and to go away with three points is particularly ratifying given the manner of it.”

Hyndman’s strike was his third since joining the Gers on loan in January and added to finishes from Barrie McKay and Martyn Waghorn either side of half-time.

The result was put in jeopardy after Kiernan’s straight red and then St Johnstone’s equaliser but Hyndman’s goal was just what he deserved according to Murty.

He said:

“I thought Emerson Hyndman was great again and he fully deserved his goal. I caned him when he came in because I thought he should have scored earlier!

“He is a talented kid, he moves really well with the ball and he is a massive threat in the attacking half.

“I thought his technique was great, I thought the technique of the strike when he hit the bar just before was great and he deserved a goal and thankfully he managed to pop up and get one.

“Can I be really boring and just say I will wait until I see it (the red card) again? On first reflection the referee has been made to make a decision and he has made what he conceives to be the right one.

“We will take it and we will have a look at it a little bit later on and scrutinise it in detail but for the moment I don’t want to put a dampener on the fellas by talking about it too much.”

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