Ross County winger Jermaine Hylton grew up idolising Rangers manager Steven Gerrard as the Gers boss was in his pomp with Liverpool as a player – and the Staggies star is excited to test himself against his hero’s side this weekend.
Hylton and his County team-mates head to Ibrox on Saturday, and the Staggies star admits Gerrard was “massive” in his house as he led Liverpool to Champions League success,
“I’ve been a big Liverpool fan since I was about 8 or 9, I knew absolutely nothing about the game and just supported them because all my friends did, and it stuck,” Hylton said. [Not The Old Firm].
“He (Steven Gerrard) has always been someone I looked up to obviously. I remember the Champions League and we’ve gone to Milan and when I came back, I was running outside, top off, flying down the road in the middle of the night. He has been massive in my household and it’s always nice to go and challenge yourself against people you look up to.”
Despite Rangers being overwhelming favourites to take three points and extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, Hylton insists “anything is possible” for John Hughes’ side at Ibrox.
After thrashing Aberdeen last weekend, the Staggies are confident they can get something at Ibrox, but confessed that if they don’t then there’s nothing really lost for the Highlanders.
“These are the kind of games where it’s almost a free hit.” Hylton added.
“We go there with a belief that we can go get a result but there’s not too many others in the country that are expecting a result.
“If we can get something out of it, we can say ‘yeah that’s what we wanted to get from it, that’s what we went there for’ but if we don’t, everyone will say ‘well they were never going to get a result anyways’ so it’s like a win-win almost. At the end of the day, we’re all playing in the same league, so anything is possible.
“Any game that I can play in personally, I’m going to do what is asked of me tactics-wise so we will just see what happens and I’ll try and do the best whichever way we set up.”
Ross County boss John Hughes channeled his inner Pedro Caixinha as he likened this weekend’s clash with Rangers to ‘bulls and matadors’