Attacker fortunate: Three things we learned about Rangers in win v Hamilton
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 6-0 victory over Hamilton in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
Rangers forward Joe Garner scored a sensational hat-trick off the bench against Hamilton and handed himself a huge personal confidence boost. He is suspended for the next game against Celtic in the league, but will surely be handed a chance at the next opportunity. He proved that he does have the calmness in front of goal and should be given a chance in the starting XI. However, he was a tad fortunate to still be on the pitch to make the most of a poor Hamilton defence. He made a reckless challenge just moments after his first goal and could have easily been shown a red card. Garner needs to ensure that the aggressive side of his game is kept in check as he could up costing his team in the future. The striker needlessly hacked at his opponent and may well have put his team under pressure with a different referee in charge.
Hyndman the missing link
Rangers midfielder Emerson Hyndman has been a revelation since he joined on loan in January from Bournemouth. The 20-year-old has slotted straight into the midfield and looked a class above. He has helped the Gers look more comfortable in games and has opened spaces for other. Hyndman is comfortable in possession and offers a good attacking presence. Rangers face Celtic in their next game and will need the likes of Hyndman to be at the top of the game if they are to get a result. The American still has plenty of time to develop his game, but is showing he has maturity beyond his years.
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Waghorn reborn under Murty
Martyn Waghorn helped fire Rangers to promotion from the Scottish Championship last season, but has been frustrated with his game time this term. He has lacked composure in front of goal and he been disappointing for the most-part. However, he has scored four goals in five games under Graeme Murty and now looks back to his very best. He proved that he knows where the net is and is a real handful when Rangers play to his strengths. They have lacked a consistent goal scorer this season and will be delighted to have Waghorn reborn under the interim manager.
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