Former Rangers star Kris Boyd has fired a warning to John Lundstram as the midfielder comes in for criticism after the Ibrox side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Dundee United.
The Gers were undoubtedly massively off the pace as the Ibrox side struggled to cope with the Arabs’ press and didn’t create enough opportunities to win the match.
On sheer commitment alone, Dundee United were good for their victory, even if the solitary goal of the game came through a massive slice of luck.
The ball deflected off Steven Davis before falling to Dundee United’s Jamie Robson who poked the it past Jon McLaughlin.
Whilst no-one gets pass marks in the Rangers team Lundstram has been criticised for losing Robson as he glided up the field before ghosting in to score.
This is after questions were raised about the midfielder following a similar incident in the 2-1 defeat Malmo in the Champions League.
Lundstram didn’t get close enough to Malmo star Soren Rieks as he volleyed home the opener in the disappointing European clash.
A summer signing from Sheffield United, it’s still very early days in Lundstram’s Rangers career and it would be ridiculously harsh to judge him.
But given his involvement in two major goals this week it’s had Kris Boyd firing a warning that plenty before John haven’t realised when coming to Scotland.
Plenty of big names have toiled north of the border and Boyd has urged Lundstram to get things together.
“I think John Lundstram switches off for the goal,” said Boyd [Sky Sports].
“I know it’s early doors, but he’s got a lot to improve on. We’ve seen big names come up here and struggle in the past and he’s going to have to up his game.
“But this is Dundee United’s day, they have been unbelievable today and they deserved their three points.”
Speaking pre-match, Lundstram claimed “there is a lot more to come” from him and his teammates but the player will find out quickly that “lot more” better come sooner rather than later.
Dundee United’s victory over Rangers at Tannadice brings to an end a run of 40 Scottish Premiership Gers matches unbeaten following an unbeaten campaign last season.
Much of the run up to the match has been dominated by headlines regarding contracts with one admitting he didn’t want the talk to become a “distraction”.