Peter Grant: This Rangers midfielder has huge future, I've spoken to PL manager about him
By Russell Edge
Rangers’ on-loan midfielder Emerson Hyndman is set for a bright future, according to the American’s former youth coach.
Hyndman has shone at Ibrox since joining on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth in January, scoring four goals in fifteen appearances, and has helped his side reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
The midfielder came through the Fulham youth academy after joining from FC Dallas at just 15-years-old, before joining Bournemouth on a free transfer after his contract at the London club expired.
Former Celtic man Peter Grant monitored Hyndman as a youth coach during his time at Fulham, and commented on the American international’s ability to adapt and change his style of play, which he believes is setting the 21-year-old up for a bright future.
Grant told the Scottish Sun: “He isn’t the biggest or most physical of central midfielders but he’s intelligent and good on the ball.
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“I spoke to Eddie Howe in the summer when Emerson was going to Bournemouth — and I told him he was getting a top player.
“The fact he has adapted well to a different role at Rangers just shows how good a player he is. He has a huge future ahead of him.”
However, Grant believes that the American midfielder would have been a quality player for Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The two sides are set to go head-to-head at Hampden Park on Sunday, with a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final at stake.
Speaking ahead of the Old Firm clash in the cup semi-finals, Grant told the Scottish Sun: “I just wish he [Hyndman] was playing for Celtic because I genuinely believe he is the perfect kind of midfielder for the club.
“Celtic have always had talented players who can pick a pass and that’s what he is.
“He would have been ideal.”
However, it is in the blue of Rangers where the Dallas-born midfielder has demonstrated his talents, although former Hoop Grant admits he will be cheering for a Celtic win, with two other former Fulham youths in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
“I’ll be watching in my flat in London and hopefully it’s a really good game,” he said to the Scottish Sun.
“I want Moussa (Dembele) and Pat (Roberts) to win but I hope Emerson does himself justice too.”
In other Rangers news, fans have been urging manager Pedro Caixinha to start this 21-year-old against Celtic.