John Lundstram has gone from the best on earth to a player some Rangers fans would gladly see the back of in just over a year.

Outstanding in the second half of last season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst after being linked with a move away, the scouser became a real powerhouse midfielder in the Light Blues engine room.

This season has seen John Lundstram struggle for fitness but there are signs of recovery and his future at Rangers looks secure after one moment yesterday.

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Michael Beale has spoken favourably of a player he would have been involved in recruiting, Lundstram’s in-game versatility allowing the manager to change shape and approach without making subs.

Then, there is also his position in the squad as a dressing room leader which, as shown against St Mirren, could be key in deciding his future.

John Lundstram considered a leader for Rangers

With Allan McGregor, Filip Helander, Scott Arfield and – probably – Steven Davis all missing next season, experience is in short supply.

When James Tavernier was replaced by Adam Devine and handed the armband over to John Lundstram though, the latter’s status at Rangers was perfectly demonstrated.

A player seen as a vital member of the leadership group by Michael Beale isn’t going to be allowed to leave easily.

Neither is one who gives the manager the sort of flexiblity that he loves to have in his squad.

He’s had his moments in the past, but Lundstram strolled the 90 minutes at St Mirren Park at centre-half.

Every player has a price tag and Lundstram, because he arrived on a free transfer, has a lot of leeway in terms of making money.

With Jose Cifuentes linked and Kieran Dowell already announced, the midfield is starting to look congested again but, as a player considered to be captain material, Lundstram looks like he’s here to stay.

For now, at least.

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