Rangers midfielder John Lundstram netted the first goal of his Ibrox career in the 5-0 rout over Dunfermline to kickstart his new life in Glasgow.
Lundstram, 27, was a free agent signing from Sheffield United in the summer but has come in for some early criticism in his Ibrox career.
🚀 The first goal at Ibrox for Lundstram.pic.twitter.com/kHizZBoDQu
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 13, 2021
The midfielder was suspect in the opening leg with Malmo in the Champions League disappointment as he failed to close down his man and was again criticised against Dundee United for failing to track eventual matchwinner Jamie Robson.
But the former Everton youth bounced back from a difficult start at Rangers to get his Ibrox career up and running with an emphatic opener against the Pars.
Lundstram pounced on a cut back from the impressive Calvin Bassey to fire the ball into the net in only the third minute of the Premier Sports Cup clash.
It kickstarted an impressive first half hour at Ibrox were Rangers raced into a four goal lead to banish some of the ill-feeling of the last week.
Lundstram’s strike was followed up by goals from Scott Wright, Ianis Hagi and a deadly double from the on-form Kemar Roofe.
Rangers fans were impressed with the midfielder and they took to social media to praise his performance:
Few things about tonight, Dunfermline or not….
Hagi has to play, we don’t have anyone else like him.
Time for big Bassey to have a run.
Roofe on his game, is the best about.
Lundstram, please stick with him 👍🏻
— 🇬🇧 cozy1872 🇬🇧 (@cozy1872) August 13, 2021
Pleased for Big Lundstram, getting his first goal tonight ⚽️🇬🇧💙 pic.twitter.com/UijmUOzYoS
— Andrew Bluebells (@andrewbluebells) August 13, 2021
Lundstram will be a great player for us once fully fit and he settles. Far too many on here way too quick to write players off for having a couple of bad games.
— Meiks😎 (@RFC__72) August 13, 2021
Just back from the game, much better!!
Calvin 🔥 Roofe 🔥 Hagi 🔥 Wright 🔥 and credit to big John Lundstram. Took some stick recently but looked comfortable more central of the 3. Time to take that on into Thursday night 🔴⚪️🔵
— 𝐁𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐅𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐏𝐨𝐝 (@Battlefeverpod) August 13, 2021
I also thought Lundstrom deserved praise. Thought he worked really well with Kamara setting the tempo
— Fire (@hrsl1702) August 14, 2021
Lundstram needed that. Great finish
— The Famous (@TheFamousRFC) August 13, 2021
Well in Lundstram 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Nims (@dave_n84) August 13, 2021
John Lundstram. A God among men.
— Fayez Akram🏴 (@Fz_Am10) August 13, 2021
Didn’t even mention Lundstram 😱😱 thought he was class tonight… wanted the ball, scored an early goal and dictated play. Nice to see. Hoping for more of the same
— Alan (@AlanOnlySky) August 13, 2021
The midfielder needs time to settle into life at Rangers and John Lundstram deserves credit for finding his feet and getting his first goal for the club.
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