Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister believes trying too hard was the source of former Sheffield United star John Lundstram’s early-season woes.

Lundstram signed for the Gers on a free transfer at the beginning of July and so was involved in a good chunk of pre-season.

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John Lundstram in pre-season action for Rangers against Arsenal. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

However, when the competitive action began, he failed to impress and was even sent off at Ibrox in the first leg of the Gers’ Europa League playoff against Alashkert.

He received a lot of criticism from supporters in the weeks surrounding that dismissal but now looks to be settling in.


Decent performances in recent fixtures against Lyon and Livingston have led to praise and some supporters are beginning to believe that the 27-year-old – who was described by bluenose and former Blades teammates Oli McBurnie as a ‘top player’ – could be an asset after all.

McAllister has acknowledged that it’s taking Lundstram time to adjust but thinks his initial keenness to impress was also part of the problem.

“It’s about him getting to know the system and positional sense, where we want him to be positioned when we are building,” he said [Glasgow Times]. “Sometimes his eagerness to try and impact the game or influence the game means he’s running around maybe too much.”

“All of a sudden he’s at a club where we enjoy a lot of possession of the football. The team he played for, no disrespect to them, didn’t have as much of the ball as we have. There are big differences. I think he’s getting there.

“I think it’s his eagerness and his willingness to actually do well. He’s maybe trying too hard. But every day in training he is getting more comfortable in the position and what his role can be in the team. He can play as a six or he can play as a running eight. It does take time.”

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The former Sheffield United star appears to be emerging from his early-season Rangers woes. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Rangers no.2 thinks former Sheffield United star has been trying too hard

The standards are sky high at Ibrox and it’s expected that new signings will come in and quickly make an impact.

Glen Kamara, for example, did just that. He came from Dundee, another team that isn’t used to a lot of possession, and settled in instantly.

Players aren’t robots, though, and some take longer than others to adapt to different styles and expectations.

There’s cause for optimism regarding Lundstram after his improved recent displays, but he still has some way to go to win over all the doubters and cement a spot in the starting XI.

He’ll be hoping for an opportunity against Dundee on Saturday and here’s an update on the availability of a controversial rival player following a flashpoint.

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