Forgotten Rangers man wins over fans as Dortmund loom

Forgotten Rangers man wins over fans as Dortmund loom
Tranmere Rovers v Rangers Pre-Season Friendly 10/07/2021. Rangers FC midfielder John Lundstram 4 in possession during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Rangers at Prenton Park, Birkenhead, England on 10 July 2021. Birkenhead Prenton Park Merseyside England Editorial use only PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK , Copyright: xPhilipxBryanx PSI-13026-0058

Since the Old Firm on the 2nd of February, Rangers have enjoyed some rejuvenated form following a switch in the lineup. With men like Ryan Jack and Leon Balogun all floating in and around the team in the next two games after the OF clash against Hearts and Hibernian, many have been excited by the pair, albeit disheartened by the quite evident fragility that both players wield, considering the injuries both players consistently pick up. One man who has finally got his breakthrough though, and is running with it, is none other than John Lundstram.

Brought in by Steven Gerrard in the summer transfer window, Lundstram seemed a perfect fit for SG’s team. A strong midfielder who cleans up well, and a scouser like the former gaffer, many understood the deal and were even quite impressed. Lundstram did enjoy a momentary run in the team under Gerrard, with his most memorable moment being a stunning long-range effort against Hearts in what turned out to be a 1-1 draw at Ibrox. However, he fell by the wayside, as people were too busy being mesmerised by the fantastic showings of Joe Aribo throughout the season that they didn’t even notice when the English midfielder was snubbed for the likes of Ianis Hagi or Scott Arfield.

Since then, a lot has changed. Gerrard of course left to pursue a career at Aston Villa, and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst took the post as manager. This transitional period at Ibrox had left Lundstram cemented to the bench in regard to starting XI’s. Excluding a few appearances coming on as a substitute, he was really struggling to make his way into GVB’s team. This was until after the Old Firm.

After a big defeat, Gio needed to make a roll of the dice for a huge home clash against Hearts. John Lundstram was given his chance, and this wasn’t without criticism from fans who were not convinced with the midfielder so much. Lundstram silenced doubters quickly, turning in a fantastic commanding performance in the heart of the Rangers midfield, just beaten to the MOTM award by a stunning Alfredo Morelos showing. Lundstram wasn’t done there though, and the following week he produced another fantastic display in the middle of the park against Hibernian, leaving Rangers fans excited that they may have found their new man to dictate the midfield at last.

The harsh reality of playing the role that Lundstram plays is that you can quite often be overlooked as a key performer by the headline grabbers who got the goals etc. However, nobody can ignore how well Lundstram has played in the last two league games, and with a colossal game against European giants Dortmund coming up tonight, ‘Gers fans will be hoping the sturdy midfielder can keep this hot streak of form going.

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  1. Lundstram and Jack were superb tonight. In fact I’ll need to look up new superlatives for Ryan Jack. I knew we missed him when he was injured but I had forgotten just how much.

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