The season-destroying injury suffered by Niko Kranjcar in October, coupled with the fact that Rangers are by far and away the lowest scorers in the top four of the Scottish Premiership, meant it was no surprise that one of Mark Warburton’s final acts at Ibrox was to increase the creativity within the squad.
And in 20-year-old USA prodigy Emerson Hyndman, signed on loan from Bournemouth in January, the recently departed boss appears to have struck gold. With two goals and two assists to his name already, no wonder his team-mates are so impressed, according to the Rangers Podcast.
“[Hyndman] has got great technical ability with both feet,” said versatile striker Martyn Waghorn.
“He finds nice little spaces, gets on the half turn and looks to play the forward players in early so the likes of me, Kenny [Miller], Baz [McKay], Joe [Garner] and Michael [O’Halloran] can only benefit from that.
“He is a clever player and he has brought a lot of good forward play and movement. So he has brought in something different than we have already got.”
Nonetheless, Warburton was heavily criticised for his handling of the former Fulham starlet, especially after Hyndman was hauled off on the hour during Rangers’ 4-1 thrashing at Hearts recently. Until then, he had been their most dangerous player and netted a superb goal to tie the game at one apiece.
Furthermore, fans questioned Hyndman being deployed in a deeper midfield role suggesting that, despite his impressive start to life in Rangers colours, there is a lot more to come now Warburton is no longer at the helm.