Former Rangers captain Craig Moore has been impressed by Sam Lammers’ attitude and resilience despite a lack of goals from the £3 million summer signing at Ibrox.
Anyone expecting the former Atalanta forward to come flying out of the blocks in his new Glasgow home were probably guilty of being a little over-ambitious.
After a disastrous couple of years – Sam Lammers scored only six goals in all competitions since moving to Italy in an £8 million deal back in 2020 – patience was always likely to be a virtue with a man who needs a bit of care and attention as he looks to rediscover the prolific form which made him such a big hit at Heerenveen.
Sam Lammers endures a slow start at Rangers
Goals have once again been in short supply for Lammers since moving to Scotland; one in nine games under Mick Beale.
Former Rangers skipper Moore, however, is backing the elegant Dutchman to win over the doubters, highlighting his fighting spirit even after that horror miss in the Old Firm derby defeat by Celtic before the September international break.
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“Some Rangers fans might say I’m talking nuts,” Moore tells Go Radio; Lammers jeered onto the pitch after replacing Kemar Roofe vs Brendan Rodgers’ side.
“I was at the game, and everyone is talking about Lammers’ huge miss. (But) his desire, even when he was taking stick, to want to get on the ball and want to be involved in the game…
“That’s what Rangers need. That’s what Rangers need just now.
“He’s taking abuse, but he still wants to get on the ball. He still wants to get involved in the game and that’s the type of player that Rangers need a lot more of. They are going to go through a situation now where everyone is under the pump.
“I watch individuals all the time because I want to learn and find out a little bit more. As I say, that’s the one thing that stood out and that’s a quality that I admire because I know it’s a quality that’s needed at the club.”
‘What Rangers need’
Marco Negri, prolific during his own Ibrox days, is similarly optimistic about the one-time PSV Eindhoven youngster, labelling Lammers a ‘very talented’ player who may prove to be an inspired acquisition once he adapts to the pace of the Scottish game.