Rangers fans are a hard bunch to win over if you don’t make the right first impression, but midfielder John Lundstram may be already bucking the trend amid a run of solid performances.

As Rangers stumbled to victory in Dundee, Lundstram was named Man of the Match for a composed, professional performance in midfield and was branded a “powerhouse” by a defiant Steven Gerrard.

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John Lundstram has begun to settle at Rangers and is changing the opinion of plenty of Ibrox fans. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

The comments of the Ibrox manager in the aftermath of the game launched an inspired defence of the midfielder who has been routinely criticised at Ibrox.

Much of this comes down to a tepid start to his Gers career, some high-profile errors and a first-half horror show at home to Alashkert.


But there has been early shoots of redemption in Lundstram’s Gers career after strong performances against Lyon, Livingston and Dundee.

“He was the best player on the pitch by a mile,” said Gerrard [RangersTV].

“I’ve been almost smiling in disbelief, really, at some of the reaction on the outside.

“John’s a fantastic player. He’s showed his quality in the last three games.

“Ok, he’s been finding his feet and it does take time to get up to speed and work out how people play, but he was an absolute powerhouse today.

“He was Man of the Match and the best player on the pitch by a mile.”

Whilst Gerrard might’ve been taking aim at those commentators, pundits and supporters who’ve been harsh on Lundstram, the sentiment regarding his improvement hasn’t been lost on fans.

Taking to Twitter, there are plenty of fans who’re eating their words regarding the 27-year-old midfielder as he begins to settle following his summer move from Sheffield United:

The player himself also spoke to RangersTV after the game and admitted that he feels he’s beginning to “find his feet” in the Ibrox XI.

“It was an enjoyable one. I loved the battle, loved the mentality of the lads,” said Lundstram [Rangers].

“We are a scalp and we always have been a scalp. People give that little bit more against Rangers and it was a tough place to visit but I enjoyed it.

“I’m loving my time here and I’m settling in well now. I’m finding my place in the team more, finding my feet but it’s not easy to come to away places like this.

“You need to take the sting out the game sometimes when it’s 100 miles per hour. You need to make a few passes and take the sting out the opposition.”

Whilst Rangers rode their luck in the match, the Gers saw out the game and the club’s fans have been buckled at the reaction of our rivals to a penalty decision.

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