What a difference a month can make in football as John Lundstram begins to find out at Rangers.

The summer signing from Sheffield United has come in for some criticism from supporters for a slackness in his play and a lack of tempo in the midfield.

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Rangers midfielder John Lundstram is earning redemption at Ibrox as fans laud his recent performances. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images,)

The style of play at Ibrox is considerably different from what Lundstram was used to at the couner-attacking Blades and even John admitted that it would take some getting used to.

For Lundstram, the start to life at Ibrox was made considerably harder by two high profile mistakes in a disastrous week for Rangers early in the season.


Lundstram lost his man for the Malmo opener in Sweden – a goal which would play a pivotal role in the Swedes knocking the Gers out the Champions League – whilst there were allegations the player never tracked Jamie Robson before he struck a winner against Rangers for Dundee United.

This goal would end the Ibrox club’s unbeaten streak which stretched back to last season.

Then Lundstram would feel the ire of the Ibrox crowd in a woeful performance against lowly Armenian outfit Alashkert in the Europa League Playoff.

The big midfielder was misplacing just about every pass, Lundstram looked nervous in front of the crowd, and the midfielder was sent off in the first half for two needless yellow cards.

In that moment plenty were threatening to throw in the Rangers towel on the player’s behalf.

What followed were a series of late cameo roles intent on shoring up scorelines but more recently we’ve seen Lundstram from the start.

Impressing against Lyon in the Europa League, the midfielder was once again pitched in in the 2-0 win over Livingston in the Steven Davis role, something perhaps a little unorthodox for the ex-Everton youth.

But once again Lundstram impressed the Rangers support and the midfielder is drawing plaudits as he begins to show signs of settling at Ibrox:

It’s a big change from the criticism which had been directed his way in the early part of Lundstram’s Rangers career and the player will be hoping to kick on from here.

The challenge of winning over the Ibrox crowd after leaving a poor first impression will stand as amongst the biggest in his career.

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