Rangers midfielder John Lundstram has given an update on his current mindset after being linked with EFL Championship club Middlesbrough [RangersTV].
Lundstram joined Rangers on a three-year contract in the summer following a four-year spell with Sheffield United.
He’s had more lows than highs since moving to Glasgow and his playing time has been limited in recent months.
The fact that James Sands was preferred to him in the starting XI against Aberdeen on Tuesday less than two weeks after he arrived from New York City FC, looked an ominous sign.
However, the ex-Blade did feature off the bench and the fact that he was put forward for press conference duty on Thursday afternoon suggests a rare start is on the cards against Stirling Albion on Friday.
Lundstram has been linked with a reunion with former manager Chris Wilder at Middlesbrough [Daily Record], but when asked about his relative lack of recent involvement, he insisted that he hasn’t given up hope of becoming a regular at Ibrox.
“Everyone deals with it in their own way, but my way is just to stay positive and to keep working hard – I’ve got to,” he said [RangersTV].
“In my opinion, that’s the only way to go about it. You’ve got to just stay focused and keep trying to impress the manager both in training and when you get the chance [in a match].
“It is difficult to just come in and be expected to set the world alight when you haven’t had a run…but I definitely just want to impress and try to get a run in the team.”
Rangers should give Lundstram more time
Things certainly haven’t gone according to plan for Lundstram since his move to Ibrox.
It’s far from ideal when arguably Rangers’ highest profile summer signing, who’s said to be one of the top earners at the club, can’t get a start when a number of other midfielders are out injured.
However, sometimes it does take players time to adjust to Scottish football and the demands of being a Rangers player, even if they are only moving from England rather than abroad.
Lundstram has delivered the odd strong performance, though, proving that there is a player in there, and there should be no rush to cash in on him at this point.
Further opportunities await him over the coming weeks and months and if he doesn’t take them, then the club could look to sell in the summer for an easy profit, knowing that they’ve given the 27-year-old every chance to make a positive impact.