By James Black
Hamilton midfielder Darren Lyon believes leaving Rangers as a youth has “paid-off” after he scored the second goal in his side’s historic 2-0 win over the Gers on Saturday.
Lyon was part of the youth development programme at Rangers as a youngster but left to join Hamilton as an Under-15 before making his first-team debut four years after switching Ibrox for New Douglas Park.
The 22-year-old midfielder made only his sixth appearance for Martin Canning’s side this season and believes scoring against his old side helped vindicate his decision to leave Rangers as a kid.
Lyon also revealed that he was frustrated with the lack of game time he had when he was a youngster at Ibrox.
“I was there when I was younger, and I left when I was Under-15,” Lyon said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It is nice to come back and score but more importantly we got the three points.
“I wasn’t getting enough game time, I was pretty small, and I was only getting half an hour here and there and I wanted to get out and play football.
“Hamilton came in for me and it was the best option because I knew they gave youngsters a chance and it’s paid off.”
Hamilton’s win at Ibrox was their first in any competition since Adrian Sprott famously ended Chris Woods’ record-breaking clean-sheet run and was their first victory at Ibrox in the league since 1926.
The result leaves Rangers in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership although the Ibrox giants will have breathed a sigh of relief when second-place Aberdeen and third-place Hibs also lost over the weekend.
The Light Blues trail league leaders Celtic by nine points with Aberdeen six points off the pace.
The Gers have a double-header with Aberdeen looming after their Scottish Premiership clash with Dundee at Dens Park on Friday night.
Lyon has made a total of 44 appearances for Hamilton in all competitions.
In other Rangers news, a Premier League club has joined the Light Blues in pursuing one of their top targets.