Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has praised the “character” of John Lundstram as the midfielder battled back from January exit links to put in a strong performance v Hearts.
The ex-Sheffield United man has struggled to win over supporters since joining in the summer and there was much talk amongst fans regarding his future under GVB.
A Steven Gerrard signing, Lundstram has at times been a victim of the lacklustre energy in the Rangers squad throughout the season and plenty thought John wasn’t fancied under the club’s new Dutch boss.
Rumours of a potential exit intensified amid reports of interest from ex-Blades boss Chris Wilder at Premir League hopefuls Middlesbrough in January but as February rolled around John Lundstram remained at Ibrox.
In the 5-0 win over Hearts, the midfielder’s inclusion was perhaps a surprise one and only the second time John Lundstram has started under van Bronckhorst.
In an impressive display, ex-England youth international Lundstram was a commanding and energetic presence in midfield and complimented Scotland international Ryan Jack, who also impressed.
Lundstram might’ve also scored if his slaloming run midway through the second half had culminated in a clean strike at goal.
Amid groans regarding the implementation of two apparent defensive midfielders, both players stood up to the test and van Bronckhorst assured the press a full time that the ex-Everton youth is very much a part of his plans.
van Bronckhorst insists John Lundstram is in Rangers plans
“No, he’s in my squad, of course he’s my type of player,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“I know I think today was of course a special game after the Old Firm and one thing we needed today was character and I knew John would bring that to the team. Same as Ryan Jack.
“I think those two really set the tone together with all the other players but this is the way to go forward and to keep the pressure on.”
Let’s hope it’s a turning point for John Lundstram at Rangers who on the evidence of the Hearts showing has plenty to offer an Ibrox side too often lacking bite this season.
Talking of Ibrox midfielders, one Premier League London club are reportedly mulling over a £10m bid for a leading Gers star.