Major journalist confirms Lundstram and Borna will leave Rangers

Major journalist confirms Lundstram and Borna will leave Rangers
Rangers' Croatian defender Borna Barisic (L) controls the ball in front of Rangers' Scottish goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin (2L), Ajax's Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus (2R) and Rangers' English midfielder John Lundstram (R) during the first round Group A UEFA Champions League football match between Ajax Amsterdam (NED) and Rangers (SCO) at The Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on September 7, 2022. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s only one Rangers announcement now short of being official, John Lundstram and Borna Barisic have signed pre-contract agreements with Trabzonspor, with well-respected Turkish journalist Yağız Sabuncuoğlu confirming the deals.

Lundstram has signed a 3-year contract, Barisic has signed a 2-year one with option for further deal, and the pair of them will exit Rangers on June 1st to immediately fly off to Turkey and begin their new careers.

There’s a lot to unpick in this one, with a debate now being whether or not to play two players whose futures are now elsewhere, and who won’t want to risk being injured and disrupting their next gigs.

In truth, both have been someway off form for a long time, Barisic especially, and his performance in Paisley was of a player whose mind was as elsewhere as it’s been for months.

Lundstram offered a bit more but he’s been off the pace for at least 10 weeks now, so we’re not sure continuing to select him is a good move.

There’s also the financial side.

This is the classic disgrace of previous Rangers boards who allowed these asset players, with a combined theoretical market value of around £15M, to leave for free.

That we couldn’t pin them down to contract extensions, that we let them wind their deals down and now we lose money.

A few Rangers fans have tried to magnanimously say Lunny was a free transfer so we’ve not lost anything, but if Brighton used that kind of thinking they wouldn’t just have raked in £250M in the last 18 months.

We’ve lost valuable assets and £15M, which must never ever happen again. We said, last summer.

Yes, it’ll happen again, and just because Philippe Clement demands that it doesn’t, it seems to be how this club is run – last summer we lost Helander, Morelos and Kent – asset players with values, big values, for nothing, and the same this summer.

That’s a lot of cash down the drain.

But no matter what, Lunny and Borna are off, and that is pretty much that.

No posts to display