EMERSON HYNDMAN reckons Rangers are in a better place heading to Hampden than they were before the trip to Parkhead last month.

Graeme Murty made his Old Firm debut and bowed out as interim boss as his side turned in a solid performance to earn a share of the spoils against Celtic.

Clint Hill’s dramatic late equaliser denied Brendan Rodgers a fourth consecutive derby win and that showing has given the Light Blues a boost ahead of the Scottish Cup showdown on Sunday.

The semi-final clash will be the biggest game of Pedro Caixinha’s Ibrox reign to date but midfielder Hyndman has a positive frame of mind as derby day approaches.

He told Sky Sports: “We have a permanent manager now and things are a bit more settled.

“We have had a few games under him now and we all feel comfortable with our roles and our positions. I’d say definitely we are going into this one more comfortable.

“Obviously they have had a good season. You can’t doubt that.

“But we are going into this game thinking about ourselves and we just want to be prepared in every possible way.

“We want to be organised and that the same time show our quality. The work we have done this week, we are all happy with.

“We are going into the game, it is obviously a cup game so it is a one-off, and on the day we are looking to win it.”