Rangers star John Lundstram had been winning the Ibrox crowd over but on an emotional night in Govan the player came in for criticism for his performance against Aberdeen.
The midfielder has just came through a purple patch in Rangers’ colours but he’s finding out quickly that you’re only as good as your last game when it comes to life at Ibrox.
Lundstram’s lack of ambition in passing forward and lack of bite against Aberdeen were a worrying sight for Rangers fans who’d began to get used to a level of consistency from the player.
Lundstram will probably admit himself that this was amongst his worst performances in a Gers shirt and as passes went astray and the midfielder looked lost at times, he was eventually hooked after an hour.
Lunny’s replacement Scott Arfield didn’t have too much of an influence on the match either – and they certainly weren’t the only ones – but John’s disappointing performance certainly contributed to a disappointing result.
Lundstram was involved in the criminal first Aberdeen goal which saw a combination of himself, and Connor Goldson concede the opener from our own by-kick.
Rangers fans aim criticism at John Lundstram after Aberdeen draw
There were several poor performances across the night – both individually, in groups and as a collective – and this isn’t about scapegoating anyone for the club’s latest disappointment.
But fans have reined in much of the recent praise afforded Lundstram in the aftermath of the 2-2 draw with Aberdeen as Rangers dropped points at home yet again this season.
The result is Rangers’ third Scottish Premiership draw in four home matches and when the chips are down, the Ibrox support expects leaders to take responsibility and drive the team to victory.
In Lundstram’s position – one ordinarily occupied by Steven Davis – there’s an added pressure to do so and against the Dons the 27-year-old came up short:
John Lundstram not being able to receive the ball under pressure does not bode well for him ever being able to replace Steven Davis as our number 6.
— Iain (@CemetryGates89) October 27, 2021
Lundstram is a decent big player however has now been directly involved in at least 5 goals that we've conceded. Off the ball he needs to sharpen up hurry up back Ryan Jack 👍
— RoyalNavy2704⚓ (@unbawmcgaw) October 28, 2021
Midfield just doesn't click, or move forward with pace when Lundstram plays. I know there's a bit of a love in on here for him these days, for me he shouldn't be near our team
— Scott (@clonejack) October 28, 2021
Lundstram is to negative for me
— pooch (@Magtruss) October 28, 2021
Get young Alegria up top with Alfredo. Still think Lundstram is a sub to seal things up in front of the defence for the last 20-25mins. Goldson needs to sort his head out. Hopefully, Kent has.
— orlando lovekill (@OLovekill) October 28, 2021
Poor. Too many passengers for me. Lundstram goldson tav all had a bad day they were the standouts. But to be fair the whole team were poor collectively.
— gordondalzielisalegend (@Gordondalzieli1) October 28, 2021
Lundstram shouldn't be starting over Davis. Granted he's improved massively in recent weeks but don't think he is a improvement in that position. Hagi needs to be playing in number 10 role or don't play him far to slow to be playing out wide weakens his game for me
— Davidjeffrey1988 (@Davidjeffrey191) October 27, 2021
Rangers retain their position at the top of the Scottish Premiership but after Celtic beat Hibs 3-1 our Old Firm rivals are now within two points of the Ibrox club.
It was an emotional night at Ibrox after the passing of Walter Smith, with fans finding one positive amid the abject disappointment of the display.