By James Black
Bournemouth midfielder Emerson Hyndnam has revealed that getting to play Old Firm games in three different venues was a “crazy” experience – but has helped him improve
The American midfielder spent the second-half of last season on loan at Ibrox and played in three Old Firm derbies during his time in Scotland.
Hyndman returned to parent club Bournemouth over the summer but took a lot away from his short-term move.
“It was a good chance to go out and play some games,” Hyndman said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I worked hard over the four or five months I was here beforehand, so to get the opportunity to play some games at such a big club was a good opportunity for me. I really enjoyed it.
“When you get that exposure and pressure at a big club, you are expected to perform week in, week out.
“It’s a big pressure to take on and I was happy. I felt like I dealt with it quite well and it will do me good moving on.
“Being American, playing in Europe is different, let alone playing in one of those derbies. The rivalries are a lot more historic.
“It was crazy because I got the chance to play in three different venues as well in those games, so I got the full experience.”
The 21-year-old Texan made 17 appearances for the Gers, scoring four times, after being signed by former Rangers boss Mark Warburton in January.
Despite Warburton’s resignation in February, Hyndman remained a regular in the side under caretaker manager Graeme Murty and then Pedro Caixinha before an injury cut short his loan.
Hyndman is now fit again but has struggled to make the breakthrough into Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side and has only been named in the matchday squad once so far this season – as an unused substitute against Birmingham City in the League Cup.
In other Rangers team news, a bizarre admission from Ibrox has played right into Celtic’s hands ahead of the Old Firm.