Rangers produced a spirited performance in Lyon to secure a 1-1 draw against the French side and end their Europa League campaign on a high, with John Lundstram, in particular, having an excellent match.
The tie was essentially a dead rubber and Giovanni van Bronchhorst gave some vital minutes to fringe players ahead of the hectic festive run in and the move proved to be a success.
Scott Wright scored the opening goal for the Ibrox side before a Calvin Bassey own goal meant the points were shared.
One of the major positives was the impressive performance by forgotten man John Lundstram. The midfielder made his first start under the Dutchman and may have given him some food for thought as the side moves into the busiest period of the season.
The Englishman completed the full 90 minutes and had an 85% pass completion rate [SofaScore].
During the match, he wasn’t dribbled past once and won a remarkable 100% of his duels against the French opposition [SofaScore], proving to the manager that he can be relied on when needed.
The 27-year-old was signed by the previous manager Steven Gerrard in the summer and it looked like he could be a key signing as the team attempted Champions League qualification.
Early optimism was soon extinguished after he was sent off in the crucial qualifier against Alashkert at Ibrox and the midfielder never really settled into a rhythm.
Could he have a new role to play under the new regime, however? with Ryan Jack constantly being hampered by fitness concerns and Davis not playing every match, Lundstram may find himself back amongst the starting XI as the festive season approaches.
The draw against Lyon was important in regard to finances, but just how much did Rangers earn from the six group fixtures they played?