20-year-old must be signed: Three things we learned about Rangers in win v St. Johnstone
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’s 3-2 victory over St. Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
Not a chance against Celtic
Rangers looked very good going forward all night and peppered the St. Johnstone goal with shots throughout the tie. However there are still times that the Gers defence looked suspect, especially in the final 15 minutes, and Clint Hill’s age may have shown when he was put on his backside by David Wotherspoon in the build-up to his goal. Rob Kiernan will now miss the Old Firm clash with Celtic on March 12 after he got himself sent off for an ugly two-footed lunge. With Celtic’s goalscoring potential and Rangers’ inability to keep a clean sheet, the Hoops will make light work of this Rangers side – it is doubtful that a permanent manager will have any effect.
Sign Emerson Hyndman
Rangers need to try and sign Hyndman on a permanent deal. The 20-year-old may not be in Eddie Howe’s plans for next season and it could unsettle the midfield maestro, who has made a brilliant start to life at Ibrox. He was responsible for a positive start for Rangers against St. Johnstone and had a few chances go wide. However it’s been a fairly ‘gloom-and-doom’ atmosphere around the club as of late but one glimmer of hope that’s shimmered through the darkness has been the performances of Hyndman – he proved that in the dying moments of the game when he rescued a victory for his side. In his eight games for the club, the American international has now scored three times and bagged two assists. He could become a hero at Ibrox and a very good investment.
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Wait for new boss is costing money
There were a lot of empty seats at Ibrox on Wednesday night. The game was not on television and it wasn’t a game with nothing at stake, but the Gers support failed to fill-out the stands, which have usually been packed this season. It could be down to the poor form or it could be down to the fact that the Light Blues faithful are staging a protest against the dilly-dallying the board are doing. Either way, they need to make an appointment as soon as possible. Graeme Murty has not done a terrible job and the fans should not blame him for their dip in form, but the club is in desperate need of a man to take the helm and steady the rocking ship.
In other Rangers news, the club will be boosted by this admission from their league rivals.