So Sam Lammers has officially left Rangers for FC Utrecht, albeit on loan. We will be a lot kinder to the guy than our recent content has been, we admit a lot of our words lately have been harsh.
The 26-year-old striker has completely, sadly, and utterly lost his way in football.
We expect no renaissance in Utrecht given how staggeringly bad he’s been in football ever since late 2019 when he returned to PSV from Heerenveen and got a bad injury and had to have surgery that summer.
Thereafter his form crumbled and it’s never recovered.
That since from his final goal for Eindhoven in 2019 he has 8 career goals is some idea of how staggeringly bad he became.
His only saving grace is that his career best form, in Heerenveen, came obviously in the Dutch Eredivisie, and that’s where he’s going back to.
Lammers is a decent guy, a genuinely good-hearted bloke who gives everything he has, but that one season of good form back in 2018 is now 6 years ago and Rangers got a shadow of that player at Ibrox.
We got the Lammers he’s been at his previous 6 clubs, a genuinely broken and washed-up striker who can’t score consistently at all. Or just score, period.
He did of course manage one belting goal, which we will guarantee is on the YouTube reel Utrecht fans will have seen, making them think that he’s just having a cold spell in football and will be back in form there.
Maybe they’ll be right.
Lammers deserves a break, he’s a good guy who loves football and maybe going home to where it started is the best move he could have had.
Italy and Germany didn’t suit him, neither did Scotland, but we do think top-flight football in itself is too much for him these days.
Either way we wish him luck, because if he shines there, maybe they’ll sign him, regardless of the presence or absence of an option to buy in the loan deal.