Rangers midfielder John Lundstram arrived at Ibrox in the summer amid a blaze of hype and expectation but with less than six months under his belt at Ibrox, it looks as though the Englishman’s days as a Rangers player could be numbered already.
The arrival of James Sands from MLS side New York City FC adds yet more competition for places in the side in a position Lundstram has struggled to make his own since arriving from Sheffield United on a Bosman.
The Rangers number 4 has been used sparingly this season, with only 127 minutes played since Gio van Bronckhorst arrived as manager in November.
A start in Gio’s first league game against Ross County saw him get 71 minutes against the Staggies but since then, he’s had a couple of brief appearances from the bench and a 45-minute run-out against Dundee United just before Christmas.
With Sands likely to be pushing for a starting spot once Rangers return to action following the winter break, it’s hard to see where there’s any long-term future for Lundstram at the club.
Tough start to life at Rangers for John Lundstram
A red card in the Champions League qualifying win over Alashkert, allied with some fairly dismal early performances, saw the Englishman come in for some flak from fans before starting to turn things around as he appeared to settle in Glasgow.
However, while he arrived with a big reputation, there’s been little from the former Sheffield United star that has helped him live up to the expectations of the supporters following his summer move.
As one of the reported big earners at Ibrox, it may be hard to try move him on if his time as a Rangers player is at an end though – however the possibility of a loan move this month could give him a platform to win a permanent exit.
A reunion with former Blades boss Chris Wilder at Middlesbrough would be a good option although whether the Championship side would have any interest in a move for Lundstram is anyone’s guess.
If his time at Ibrox is up, Rangers must make sure they aren’t stuck with a player on big wages who can’t get into the team for long though and Ross Wilson needs to really earn his keep by getting Lundstram off the wage bill.
The sooner that happens, the better for everyone involved and club and player can go their separate ways without any bad feeling.
The arrival of Sands could be the catalyst for more players to join the club, as interest heats up in a defender plying his trade in the Eredivisie.