Former Rangers forward Andy Little had a pretty good view of his former teammate’s winning goal for Northern Ireland against Hungary on Sunday. Little was among the unused subs who watch Kyle Lafferty score the exciting last-minute winner from the sidelines.
For Little, his inclusion in the squad came about when he was summoned as a late replacement for the injured Stuart Dallas & it likely is a sign that Little may be leveraging his move to Preston North End into a more prominent role in Northern Ireland’s European qualifiers.
Little has earned eight caps in his international career but has not made an appearance since November 2012.
The 25-year old Little is off to a good start with Preston & appears to have regained any confidence that must have been lost after being passed over by Rangers.
Little has started in all five of the English League One club’s matches this season. He has scored two goals off of seven shots, with one other shot on target.
The Lancashire Evening Post recently talked to Little about his transition to English football. He proclaimed, “I’m loving it here.”
“I would be loving it even more if we were sat at the top of the table – that is where we should be.” Despite a plus five goal differential, Preston sit seventh in the table after earning two wins & three draws.
“I’m enjoying being at the club and playing in front of the fans. I’m just a bit frustrated by the start we have made because we could have had more points.”
“Home games here are similar to what I was used to [with Rangers] in that teams come and make it difficult. We are the team who are expected to go out and win games.”
“Tempo wise it is probably faster than what I’m used to. Up there in Scotland we had all the ball, especially when we were playing in the lower leagues. Here it is not always the case and possession is often shared.”
“This is a great league but I think we’re a good enough team to get out of it.”
Little appeared for Rangers 66 times, scoring 34 goals after making his debut in 2009.