Bluenose and former Ibrox star John Fleck says he helped convince his former Sheffield United teammate John Lundstram to join Rangers [BBC Sport].
Lundstram signed for the Gers earlier this month on a three-year deal after his Blades contract expired.
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Since then, he’s made a pair of pre-season appearances against Tranmere Rovers and Arsenal, earning praise from Steven Gerrard for a promising showing in the former [Scottish Sun].
Having played alongside him for a number of seasons, Fleck knows the former England youth international well and claims he has “all the attributes to succeed” anywhere in midfield for the Light Blues.
Fleck also believes he played a small role in Lundstram’s move after the 27-year-old came to him to get more information on the Gers.
“He said they were very interested in him and I said, ‘you need to give it a go’,” recalled the Scotland international [BBC Sport].
Fleck is the second Sheffield United star to recommend Rangers to Lundstram, after fellow bluenose Oli McBurnie.
McBurnie was linked with a £15m move to Ibrox earlier this summer [Daily Mail] but that kind of fee is too high for the Gers right now, with the free transfer swoop for his former teammate a much more prudent piece of business.
It will take Lundstram a while to get fully up to speed after joining the pre-season camp late, and the cancellation of Wednesday’s scheduled fixture against Blackpool won’t help matters.
However, clashes with Brighton and Real Madrid and a further two weeks of training are still to come before the Premiership season gets underway, so he could still be ready to start the opening fixture against Livingston.
Rangers will hope a 24-year-old star is also available for that fixture despite a knock and ‘concrete interest’ from a Premier League club.