EMERSON HYNDMAN reckons he scored with his poorest effort of the night – but that did nothing to dampen his joy at netting an injury-time winner for Rangers against St Johnstone this evening.
After firing a great effort just by the post in the first-half and battering the bar just minutes before his eventual clinching strike, the young American poked an effort beyond Zander Clark to send both him and Ibrox wild with euphoric delight.
Gers had led 2-0 through Barrie McKay and Martyn Waghorn, but Tommy Wright’s side fought back to level the game thanks to David Wotherspoon and Steven Anderson, with Rob Kiernan sent off for the Light Blues in between.
But Hyndman stepped up right at the end with a dramatic goal, and now he is desperate to add even more goals to his game having netted three in his Gers career so far.
Speaking at full-time to RangersTV.tv, Hyndman explained: “Sometimes it falls that way! I think it was probably my worst effort of the game that managed to squeak in! But, I am always happy to get on the scoresheet and hopefully I can do that more.
“It was a great feeling. It was a topsy-turvy game that we were in control of for most of, and after the sending-off, we went onto the back-foot a little bit and it wasn’t looking like we were going to get one in the end.
“But I managed to score and it was such a great feeling. We stuck in there, and it’s difficult when you see a team come back like that, especially when they are a man up.
“We created a few chances late-on, and it felt like we could keep getting chances and it was nice that one fell our way.”
The scenes on the touchline with caretaker boss Graeme Murty and his staff joining in a mass celebration and in the Ibrox stands were truly remarkable when Hyndman netted, and he admits the joy felt around the old ground was shared by the players.
He continued: “That was how we felt too! We went into the game wanting to win no matter what. It wasn’t about the style or anything, we knew we needed to produce three points and to do it in that fashion was great and our squad is thrilled with it.
“When they fought down from two goals down, there was a bit of tension in the ground, like any other game would be, but we stuck in there, and I think the fans saw we were working really hard and they stuck by us, and it was good to see them smile afterwards.”
Gers’ attentions now turn to Saturday and the Scottish Cup quarter-final with Hamilton Accies.
On that, Hyndman added: “It’s a huge game. It’s a competition we want to do well in, and to have that opportunity, especially at home, we want to carry on from this win and really go out there and perform.”
“We started excellently tonight. We went up a goal for a change which was nice, and we were in control for most of the game. We felt quite confident, and that’s really important going into the next few games.”