After refusing to sign a new contract at Sheffield United, John Lundstram secured a move to Rangers earlier in the week.
The Liverpool-born midfielder, who revealed to the Yorkshire Post that the opportunity to work under Steven Gerrard was a huge factor in his decision to join Rangers, signed a three-year deal with the Scottish Giants on Monday and will be preparing for Champions League football.
Lundstram’s ex-Sheffield United teammate, Oli McBurnie, has revealed that he helped persuade the 27-year-old to make the move north of the border – once it was known that he would not be returning to Bramall Lane.
The Rangers fan spoke to Four Lads Had A Dream Blog (Rangers fan-led website) about the role he played in helping Lundstram choose the club he loves: “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.
“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.”
And when asked what Rangers fans can expect of their new signing, the striker said: “A top player. 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.
“As a lad from Liverpool, I think we all know what they are like (passion wise). Demanding of his teammates both in training and in games, but one of the best blokes you will meet.
“He will be a big miss in the Sheffield United dressing room.”
Despite not reaching the levels he displayed in Sheffield United’s ninth-placed top-tier finish in the 2019/20 season, Lundstram is an excellent signing who will massively boost Rangers’ attempt of back-to-back domestic titles.
His fitness levels, coupled with his intelligent pressing, make him a manager’s dream out of possession, whilst he has the technical ability to match.
Rangers are in a position where they will be looking to dominate Scottish football for the next few years after Celtic’s recent dominance, and the signing of Lundstram is a clear indication that Gerrard’s men are doing all they can to prevent them from returning to the summit.
Lundstram was a player who brought something different in Sheffield United’s midfield and is someone who will be difficult to replace.