Rangers-supporting Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie says he helped to convince John Lundstram to move to Ibrox following his Bramall Lane exit [Four Lads Had a Dream].
McBurnie is a lifelong Gers fan who vocally supports the club on social media.
The £20m forward has been linked with an Ibrox move of his own [Daily Mail], but while that’s a little unrealistic right now given his valuation, he made it clear to Lundstram that Glasgow was the place to go.
“He had mentioned the interest to me a while back and I’ve been persuading him every day since (once it was known he was leaving Sheffield United), that’s how highly I rate him,” he told Four Lads Had a Dream.
“To be fair, he didn’t need much persuasion because I think as soon as he spoke to the manager and realised how big the club was, he was sold. So I’m looking forward to watching him play for the teddies.”
McBurnie also gave some insight in terms of what ‘top player’ Lundstram will bring to the squad.
“John can play anywhere in midfield. He’s a midfield engine, excellent with both feet and has a great range of passing with an eye for a goal as well.”
Plenty of Sheffield United fans have criticised Lundstram since the move was confirmed and an EFL club expert warned us about potential attitude problems.
However, this is a much more positive assessment from McBurnie, who played alongside the new Ibrox addition for two seasons.
Lundstram’s relatively early arrival means that he now has plenty of time to get up to speed before the start of the Premiership campaign and the all-important Champions League qualifiers.
The lack of a transfer fee in this deal means that the club haven’t taken a major financial risk but given the former England youth international’s recent Premier League experience, supporters will expect him to settle in quickly.