Ross County winger Jermaine Hylton grew up with Steven Gerrard as his Liverpool hero – but securing a shock result against his Rangers side is the aim this weekend.
The Staggies travel to Rangers off the back of a great result over Aberdeen last Saturday, winning 4-1. It was Hylton’s best display since his move to Dingwall from Motherwell earlier this season, notching a goal and an assist.
But facing his hero and the Premiership’s Player of the Year so far in James Tavernier this weekend, Hylton knows a big challenge awaits: “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.
“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. James Tavernier is in real good form at the minute but those are the kind of players you want to test yourself against, those are the kind of battles you look forward to.”
Hylton had a decent opening season in Scottish football at Motherwell following a move from Solihull Moors. He featured 36 times last term, scoring four times with seven assists, but did not start once for the Steelmen this term before a move to Dingwall.
Going from the West Midlands to Motherwell was a big switch and Dingwall is another Hylton is taking in his stride, seeing this weekend as a ‘free hit’: “The most important thing for any player is to be playing.
“That’s happening now and I am enjoying my football again, there’s a good vibe about the place. When you aren’t playing it can be a little disheartening. Football changes from bad to good, but things are going really well now.
“I’ve had spells in my career where I haven’t played so it’s just the same thing. It was four-and-a-half hours to Motherwell from where I was in England anyway so what’s another four-and-a-half hours?
“These are the kind of games where it’s almost a free hit. 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.”
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