Rangers boss Michael Beale has praised “unsung” Ibrox hero John Lundstram as the midfielder enters the final year of his current contract.

The Ibrox manager was speaking after Rangers’ 2-0 win over Ross County, with Lundstram playing in a deep-lying defensive midfielder role.

Helping the defence switch up to a back three in an athletic and mobile performance, Michael Beale claims John Lundstram deserves more credit for doing the dirty work.

Speaking in the official press conference after the match Michael Beale said:

“I was pleased with John Lundstram today as well.

“He did a lot of the unsung things that people won’t see, playing in front of the two centre-halves and at times making a back three.”

Michael Beale also singled John Lundstram out for praise during a post-match interview with Sky Sports:

”I thought John Lundstram was very good today as well in front of Connor (Goldson) and John (Souttar).”

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Michael Beale singles out Rangers midfielder John Lundstram

The Michael Beale comments come with much discussion over the future John Lundstram who has had a rollercoaster two years at Rangers to date.

Signed on a free contract in 2021 following the expiration of his deal with Premier League Sheffield United, there were big expectations attached to the midfielder.

However it was a rocky start for John Lundstram at Rangers and the midfielder struggled to cope with the expectations of the Ibrox crowd.

Eventually settling in to play an instrumental role in the club’s run to Seville – scoring the Europa League goal v Leipzig which got them there – there have been big highlights in his Rangers career.

But a domestic downturn at the club during Lundstram’s tenure at the heart of midfield has added to doubts around the player.

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Snapping back when pressed on his Rangers future towards the end of last season, John Lundstram is now in the final year of his Ibrox deal.

Salary Sport claim that the Scouser is on £22k a week or around £1.15m a season at Rangers and the club have a big decision to make on his future.

Whilst being singled out for praise by Michael Beale will do John Lundstram’s chances of a renewal no harm, it’ll probably take red, white and blue ribbons on shiny silver things before the Rangers support buy in.

John Lundstram is considered a leader in the Rangers squad and if he can help the club deliver domestically this season, perhaps this won’t be his final year in Glasgow.

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