Only a matter of weeks ago was John Lundstram struggling to win over the Rangers fans, but now the midfielder’s “brutal honesty” has been praised by supporters.
The ex-Sheffield United man endured a difficult start to life at Ibrox but has quickly silenced the doubters with a series of Man of the Match performances for the Light Blues.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 16, 2021
But whilst the midfielder would once again be recognised for his performance in the 1-1 draw with Hearts – during which Lundstram opened his league account with a long-range curler – the player was frustrated with dropping two points following a late equaliser.
The player was asked by RangersTV post-match if there were any positives Rangers could take from the match.
“Not really. In the first-half, fair enough we were good,” said Lundstram.
“For me, I’m just disappointed because I feel like we need to be winning that game.
“It was a top of the table clash and we’d have gone four points clear with a win. That’s just my opinion.”
The demands at Rangers are high and for a player many had written off in early season these comments have hit a chord with the Ibrox support.
Taking to Twitter following the disappointing draw, Rangers fans have commended the Liverpudlian midfielder for his brutal honesty:
Brutal honesty: Respect 💪 🔴⚪🔵 pic.twitter.com/YEEgUyBMHI
— Stevie Souness ✪ (@steviesouness) October 16, 2021
Me July/August 2021: "Lundstram… WTF?! Blah, blah, blah…"
Me September 2022 until the end of time: pic.twitter.com/BI4nkavEUa
— Greegsy's Gloves ☕ (@Gers89_) October 16, 2021
Av decided a want John Lundstram to win 56 more than anyone else
— AVK72 (@_AVK_72) October 16, 2021
Going by this interview, this guy knows exactly what it means to wear that jersey, wow https://t.co/hwfR21Vzn9
— Gaz Hamilton (@gaz_hamilton97) October 17, 2021
Have a lot of time for Lundstrum interviews. Blunt, honest and straight to the point wears his heart on his sleeve it’s what you want to see. https://t.co/qsF9tt2oUP
— Josh F 🇬🇧🇩🇪 (@Joshuafry2310) October 16, 2021
Love the big man https://t.co/aGKf63GDiy
— RangersViews (@RANGERSviews82) October 16, 2021
This man gets it, he’s 100% spot on there, what a player he is also. https://t.co/t3w0nrIz1J
— Craig Taylor 🇬🇧 (@craigtaylor_72) October 16, 2021
Well said big yin. https://t.co/6JwHsLcxzM
— 𝄢 The Bluenosed Bassist 💙✋ (@alrocks1978) October 16, 2021
Winner mentality. 🟥⬜🟦 https://t.co/HxRkhRXSak
— 𝕎𝕖 𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕋𝕙𝕖 ℙ𝕖𝕠𝕡𝕝𝕖 (@WATPSeventyTwo) October 16, 2021
Lundstrams post match interview is almost as good as his performance today. What a player he's turning into for us, long may that continue 👊 https://t.co/9N4XKZieOQ
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) October 16, 2021
Love him 💙 https://t.co/hOXoWx7b2d
— Dean 💙 (@Urban1Dean) October 16, 2021
The result will go down as opportunity missed as Rangers played some of their best football of the season but were remarkably wasteful in front of goal.
Lundstram was an inspired presence in midfield at times but the Ibrox team were let down by a lack of cutting edge in the final third.
Meanwhile, some Ibrox fans were disappointed to see an on-form Gers star dropped for the visit of the Tynecastle club.