By Nick Ware

8th Jan, 2021 | 4:05pm

Scott McDermott delivers verdict on Rangers-linked centre-mid 'suited to Scottish football'

Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram would be an ideal signing if Rangers can secure a deal, according to the Sunday Mail’s Scott McDermott.

He was recently linked to Rangers by The Athletic who reported that the Scottish Premiership leaders were waiting in the wings ahead of a possible pre-contract agreement.

Chasing domestic and European glory, Steven Gerrard’s side could even make a move for him in January, but whether relegation-threatened Sheffield United would agree to such a deal is up in the air.

Speaking on the Record Rangers podcast (07/01/21) McDermott, who is chief football writer of the Sunday Mail, said: “Powerful – that’s what Lundstram is.

“Box-to-box, right-sided, could play wide but probably best in one of those number eight roles.

“From watching him he looks ideally suited to Scottish football because he’s physical, he gets up and down the pitch, he’s got a goal in him and likes to arrive late in the box.”

Lundstram needs Rangers rejuvenation

While he enjoyed a fantastic 2019/20 Premier League campaign with new boys Sheffield United, this season has turned out to be quite the opposite.

Last season he scored a career high five league goals as Sheffield United surprised many by finishing ninth in the Premier League.

However, the South Yorkshire outfit are enduring a torrid start to this season as they remain winless in 17 league games, picking up a measly two points.

Lundstram has not been in good form either, failing to score and starting just nine games. His most recent outing also saw him pick up a first-half red card at Brighton.

It might just be though that Lundstram is already in the doldrums and in need of rejuvenation as he nears the end of his Sheffield United contract.

A move to Rangers looks like a perfect fit for both parties with the Ibrox side highly capable of playing in either the Champions League or Europa League next year, competitions Lundstram has yet to play in so far.

While it would give Lundstram his first taste of European action it would also be an ideal move for Rangers as they would gain an energetic player capable of scoring goals.

The Gers tend to play with two ‘number eights’ ahead of a holding midfielder and Lundstram would give great competition to the likes of Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield, among others.

A move to Rangers would test McDermott’s theory and be a suitable arrangement for all.

In other Rangers news, see the two changes we would make in our predicted XI for Sunday’s Premiership clash at Aberdeen.