Rangers’ silence on John Lundstram rumbles on

Rangers’ silence on John Lundstram rumbles on
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 11: John Lundstram of Rangers looks on before being shown a red card during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Celtic Park Stadium on May 11, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Rangers midfielder John Lundstram’s contract expiring just three days, there’s a real curiosity about why there has been no announcement yet.

Of all the ‘OOC’ players, his profile was the biggest, and the largest level of hype over whether he was staying or going, and while it’s ‘understood’ that he will be leaving, the silence from Govan over that status is a speck conspicuous.

Ibrox manager Philippe Clement has indeed confirmed Borna Barisic is leaving, or has left, and yet nothing has been announced on the ex-Sheffield man.

Let’s face it, we know he’s moving on, he didn’t get the offer from Rangers he wanted and it’s been mostly officially confirmed that he’s going to Turkey with Borna to join Trabzonspor.

The Turks themselves said:

“We are working intensively regarding the (Lundstram) transfer. There are also those with whom we have come a long way. There will be information about him soon.”

That’s from the boss Abdullah Avcı who confirmed 4 days ago that the deal for Lundstram was close to completion/announcement, and while we know Turkish clubs are a speck ‘iffy’ when it comes to wheeling and dealing with them, we don’t know them especially to be liars.

So Rangers’ silence on the topic is intriguing.

Of course, there’s an argument to say that for three more days he’s a Rangers player, so until there’s something to announce, silence is all we’ll get.

But there’s also the fact that this isn’t what the club did last year – when Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Allan McGregor, Filip Helander and Scott Arfield left, the announcement confirming it was made 8 days before their deals expired.

So this isn’t established protocol – the club has previous for announcing this stuff well in advance of it happening, which, aside Borna (which in itself was a throwaway comment by Clement on TV), hasn’t happened this time.

So we just watch, and we wait, and we see when Lundstram’s (inevitable) exit is officially announced, formally, and unequivocally.

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