Hyndman delivers verdict on Rangers v Celtic semi-final, this is what's different this time
By Russell Edge
Rangers midfielder Emerson Hyndman has claimed that his side are stronger than they were in last month’s draw with Celtic, ahead of the Old Firm clash in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
The Gers are hoping to emulate last season’s Scottish Cup meeting between the two sides, when they knocked out their bitter rivals on penalties at the same stage of the competition.
The Glasgow rivals are to meet for the fifth time this season, with the last meeting ending in a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park thanks to Clint Hill’s late goal for the visitors.
The draw meant Rangers are yet to taste victory over their local rivals this season, having suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat in the league and a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to an 87th minute winner from Moussa Dembele in the Scottish League cup semi finals.
However American international Hyndman insists this Rangers side are better than before under the leadership of new manager Pedro Caixinha.
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He told the Scottish Sun: “We’ve got a new manager and things are more settled now.
“I would say definitely we go into this a bit more comfortable as a group.
“We all feel comfortable with our roles and positions.”
Hyndman, who is on loan at Ibrox from Premier League side Bournemouth, has impressed during his loan stint, making 15 appearances and scoring four goals for the Gers.
The midfielder admits that beating Celtic, who have gone an entire league season undefeated so far, will be a tough ask but has faith in his teammates and knows anything can happen in a cup match.
“It’s a cup game, so it’s a one-off and on the day we’re looking to win it,” Hyndman told the Scottish Sun.
“We’re going into this game thinking about ourselves and we’ll be prepared in every possible way.
“We’ll be organised but at the same time we want to show our quality.”
In other Rangers news, Hyndman has been tipped for a bright future by his former youth coach.