One thing has become very clear about Rangers’ John Lundstram

One thing has become very clear about Rangers’ John Lundstram
Rangers' English midfielder John Lundstram (L) and Dortmund's English midfielder Jude Bellingham vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League play-off football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Rangers in Dortmund on February 17, 2022. (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN / AFP) (Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Ibrox Noise recently ran a bit of a POTY on our social media channels, asking fans who was their pick for the prize gong.

The answers centred mostly around Calvin Bassey, Alfredo Morelos and Joe Aribo, but Ibrox Noise’s award is for none of these.

We would give it, 100%, to John Lundstram.

One wise comment suggested that while the ex-Sheffield man is an outsider for POTY, he is a shoe in for ‘most-improved’ and it’s hard to disagree with that, but we’d make a case anyway for the 28-year old as full Player of the Year anyway.

After all, if a January loan a few years ago in Haris Vuckic can be awarded the POTY, so can Lunny who has been nothing but outstanding every match this season played in his preferred position, and that’s quite a lot of matches.

He’s obviously emerged mostly this calendar year with performances of the tallest order against some of the finest opponents, but he showed his calibre last year too in a smaller burst of matches under Gerrard when selected in his preferred position for around 3-6 weeks.

But this current spate of quality from the midfielder has been consistent the whole year, since GVB started properly selecting him, and it’s simply shown Gers fans just what a player we signed and how badly he’d been mismanaged until only fairly recently.


Why not. He is our best performer, our most consistent performer and he’s doing it every match pretty much. That the notable current displays have only been around since Gio started selecting him doesn’t really matter.

Of course, the other three are all good shouts too. Bassey has been relentless at LB, but notably weaker at CB. He’s being praised for his versatility but the reality is he’s not half the player at CB that he is at FB. He also needs to improve his crossing and his distribution as well, while cutting down on the gaffes and errors, in order to become the complete LB, but he is young. Aribo was a miracle, simple as that, until he went to the Cameroon and has been unable to recapture that form since his return. And Morelos was absolutely terrible until Gerrard left and got a new lease of life under Gio. Which, in many ways, make all 3 as valid as Lunny.

Our call is, however, Lunny. There is, of course, a while to go in the season yet and much can change, but right now, for us, it’s John Lundstram.

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