By Adefunmiloye Alani

10th Jul, 2021 | 7:40pm

Steven Gerrard impressed with John Lundstram's Rangers debut

Rangers new summer arrival John Lundstram made his debut in the 1-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

The former Sheffield United star would have wanted to make his bow for the Premiership champions on a winning note, but the English League Two side had other ideas.

The midfielder played the first 45 minutes of the friendly clash before he was withdrawn.

Despite the defeat, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was impressed with Lundstram’s performance, as he told Rangers TV: “For large parts of the first half John cruised it. You can see what he’s going to give us, he tired a little bit.

“He’s been pushed really hard this week, he went into the game tired but you could see his quality and his presence. He’ll get better and better so he was a positive for me today.”

Positive start

Lundstram would have been very keen to impress one of the midfielders he looked up to while growing up on his debut for the Light Blues, and it appears that he did just that.

Rangers play Arsenal and Real Madrid in the coming days and should expect some tough tests against two of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Despite only signing for us at the beginning of the week, Gerrard wasted no time throwing the former Premier League man into action.

Lundstram needs to hit the ground running when the new campaign starts, and we are hoping he plays a crucial role in our bid to secure a place in the group stages of the Champions League and defend the Premiership title.

Going by Gerrard’s comments, we can count on the 27-year-old to play a huge part in the tough tasks ahead, and we believe that he has got everything it takes to deliver.

Landing Lundstram on a free is a massive bargain, and we have to admit that the Rangers have potentially pulled off a masterstroke.

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