Rangers fan call to arms as Ibrox hero takes aim at Maltese international

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Rangers fan call to arms as Ibrox hero takes aim at Maltese international

Rangers midfielder John Lundstram has hit back at comments from within the Union Saint Gilloise dressing room and captain Teddy Tuema ahead of the Champions League return at Ibrox.

The influential Scouser made no bones about how disappointed the entire team is by how they underperformed in Belgium with a 2-0 score line to overturn in Glasgow.

Nodding to the power of the Ibrox crowd, with the feeling amongst the fans already reaching fever pitch and the famous old stadium ready to rock, Lundstram was addressing comments made by USG goalscorer Teddy Tuema.

The French-born Maltese international has claimed heading into the match that USG “don’t feel inferior” to Rangers and that the Belgians are “not nervous” about the match, adding “the atmosphere in the stadium is not a problem”.

It’s something that’s been picked up by the Rangers team and John Lundstram described the comments as “disrespectful” whilst insisting the Belgians don’t know what they’re in for.

“You can use whatever motivation you need for this game. Everyone is different,” said Lundstram [Rangers].

“But we have certainly all seen it, we certainly all know it is there and is a touch disrespectful, if you want to say.

“Listen, we are ready and whatever motivation you need, you can use what you like. We just need to turn up and we will.

“You could say that [that USG think the tie is over]. They are coming to a really tough place. I am not sure they have really taken that on board yet, where they are coming to and what a big venue it is.

“We are just raring to go, we can’t wait to get out there and put right where we disappointed ourselves last week.”

John Lundstram in Teddy Tuema warning as USG head to Rangers cauldron

Whilst there’s an element of do the talking on the pitch here, Rangers fans – like the John Lundstram and his teammates – need no more motivation to turn up at Ibrox tonight.

Union Saint Gilloise might’ve caught a transitional Rangers on an off-night in Europe but the real test of their Champions League mettle will be standing up to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team at Ibrox.

This Rangers team have shown time and again that they can feed off that energy from the crowd and as the Bears get set to head to Govan the atmosphere is already building.

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Both the crowd and the players have a responsibility to make this as difficult as they can for the Belgians and if the players can show the right attitude, the crowd will respond from the stands.

It’s set up to be a cracker and if what John Lundstram is saying is correct, Rangers are readying an onslaught with 50,000 bluenoses behind them and it’s up to USG to hold firm.

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