Rangers summer signing John Lundstram was an ‘absolute powerhouse’ and the ‘best player on the pitch by a mile’ at Dundee on Saturday, according to Steven Gerrard [RangersTV].
The former Sheffield United star retained his spot in the side following a decent midweek showing in the Premier Sports Cup quarter-final against Livingston and he stood out in an attritional Premiership clash at Dens Park.
The Gers secured all three points courtesy of a well-worked 16th-minute Joe Aribo goal but rode their luck at times, with Jon McLaughlin saving a Jason Cummings penalty in the second half.
Few individuals impressed but Lundstram certainly took his opportunity in a deep-lying midfield role.
The 27-year-old worked hard defensively and was efficient and controlled in possession as he looks increasingly at ease in the famous shirt.
After the game, Gerrard was actually asked for a few words about Jon McLaughlin following his penalty save, but seemingly misheard the question and instead waxed lyrical about Lundstram.
“He was the best player on the pitch by a mile,” said Gerrard [RangersTV]. “I’ve been almost smiling in disbelief, really, at some of the reaction on the outside.”
‘John’s a fantastic player. He’s showed his quality in the last three games. Ok, he’s been finding his feet and it does take time to get up to speed and work out how people play, but he was an absolute powerhouse today.
“He was Man of the Match and the best player on the pitch by a mile.”
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 25, 2021
Gerrard raves about Rangers ‘powerhouse’ Lundstram for Dundee display
Lundstram has received plenty of criticism since arriving at Ibrox, something Gerrard alluded to in this interview.
Some of that was justified, with his sending off against Alashkert needless and his early performances very underwhelming.
However, it’s now becoming clear why he was brought to the club and he was impressive at Dens Park, helping Rangers find a way to win without Steven Davis for the second successive game.
The challenge now is for the well-built midfielder to show consistency and nail down a spot in the starting XI.