Rangers legend Barry Ferguson insists the jury is still out on new Ibrox trio Danilo, Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers with the latter resembling a ‘rabbit in the headlights’ since his move from Atalanta. 

In truth, those expecting Rangers’ new frontline to hit the ground running in Glasgow may have been expecting a little too much. 

Danilo, Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers, after all, arrived on the back of difficult spells at other clubs. Danilo won the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord but barely started a game in the second half of 2022/23. Dessers suffered relegation from Serie A with Cremonese.  

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As for Lammers, that well-taken finish during last week’s 4-0 hammering of Livingston was only his seventh since a prolific loan spell at Heerenveen back in 2019. 

Rangers trio have a lot to prove at Ibrox

“Up top, these guys are really under the microscope,” former Rangers captain Ferguson tells the Daily Record. “Because the club pushed the boat out for both of them and, as strikers, they’re expected to deliver with goals.  

“Technically, (Lammers) looks the part. He’s got a goal in him and he can play in a variety of positions. That’s a lot of boxes ticked.

But he has looked a little bit like a rabbit caught in the headlights. The challenge for Lammers is to grow into jersey, get used to the demands and intensity of the Scottish game and then harness his ability to become a game changer.

“If he can make that adjustment, he could become a good Rangers player. But that comes down to how badly he wants to succeed.”

Danilo also found the net against Livingston but ‘missed a sitter’ vs Servette in midweek. Dessers, meanwhile, was the subject of a few jeers from an unimpressed Ibrox audience after a highly-underwhelming performance when David Martindale’s team came to town. 

‘No excuses’

“Danilo didn’t do himself any favours on Tuesday when he missed a sitter from five yards. It was a chance he had to put away. No excuses,” Ferguson adds.

“But the one thing I’ll say is that he’s much more dangerous when he’s played through the middle. There’s a lot of pressure on the Brazilian because he’s a big signing with big expectations and he’ll have to shoulder that responsibility if he’s going to prove he was worth the fee.

“As for Dessers, I feel for the big man because the fans were on his case at Ibrox last weekend, and he dropped onto the bench against Servette. That’s a double dunt to deal with so early in his Rangers career.  

“This might sound daft but it’s almost as if he’s trying too hard to make a good impression. And the more desperate he gets, the less is coming off. When he smashed one off the post on Tuesday night it summed up his current luck.

“Dessers looks like a player who needs one big moment just to take the weight off his shoulders.

“What I would say about all of them is there’s no question in terms of their application. They’re all busting a gut to make an impact.

“(But) one thing is for sure; they won’t get the luxury of time to settle into Rangers. They have to make the most of it.”

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