Peter Grant: This reported Rangers target would be perfect for Celtic
By Matt Farr
Former Celtic midfielder Peter Grant insists that potential new Rangers signing Emerson Hyndman would have been the perfect fit for Celtic.
The Scottish Sun reported that Hyndman is closing in on a move to Ibrox from Bournemouth, and claimed that the young American international was due in Glasgow to complete the deal.
He is reportedly set to join Rangers on loan until the end of the season, where he will look to gain valuable first-team experience under Mark Warburton, before returning to Bournemouth and the Premier League.
Peter Grant, who made 362 appearances for Celtic during his professional career, was full of praise for the former Fulham midfielder, whom he worked with during his time as a youth coach at Craven Cottage.
The 51-year-old admitted that Rangers had acquired themselves a potential star – both in Scotland and the Premier League – but joked that he would have been the perfect signing for rivals Celtic.
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He told the Daily Record: “I would have seen Emerson as more of a Celtic player than Rangers!”
“Celtic were being heavily linked with a move for him last season. He’s a Celtic-type player, even under Brendan Rodgers, as he’s a passer.
“Emerson’s a good player. Technically very good, he can keep the ball and is comfortable in possession.
“He can do very well in Scotland – but hopefully not too well.”
The 20-year-old midfielder joined Bournemouth in the summer, but has made just three cup appearances for Eddie Howe’s side this season.
In a bid to land more first-team football, Howe has allowed his young star to join Rangers until the end of the campaign.
More regular action could also help the highly-rated prospect establish himself further on the international stage, having made just two appearances for the senior side.
He made his international debut for the USA at the age of 18 in a friendly against Czech Republic in September 2014, and played just one game since.