EMERSON HYNDMAN is hoping to dodge a second Cup humiliation when he stands by to make his competitive debut against Motherwell at Ibrox this afternoon.
The on-loan midfielder was part of the top-flight Bournemouth side sent crashing to an embarrassing FA Cup defeat from League One Millwall earlier this month.
Hyndman agreed a temporary transfer until the end of the season with the Govan side 24 hours later and made his first appearance in the 4-0 friendly defeat to Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig in Germany last week.
The 20-year-old Dallas-born star, who started his career at Fulham, said: “I played against Millwall, we made a lot of changes and we lost 3-0.
“It was a difficult game because a lot of us weren’t match-fit and we hadn’t played a lot of games together.”
Hyndman, who was substituted before the hour mark, added: “At the same time, it is a bit different down there in terms of the competition and the FA Cup.
“The top teams sometimes have two or three competitions at the same time, so there is a bit of rotation in the FA Cup.
“For Rangers, the Scottish Cup is definitely a priority. On a personal level, another defeat wouldn’t be good, so I’m really motivated to win this one.
“It feels kind of like a new beginning. I just want to relish the time that I have here and really make the most of it.
“I hope to gain a lot from the loan experience. It has been a frustrating five months for me at Bournemouth.
“I’m delighted to be here. I’m looking to break into the team as soon as I can because I want to push the team to reach higher things.
“I want to play as many games as I can. If I can do that, I hope it helps Rangers. We are confident going into this game and, like I said, we want to win it.”