By Nick Ware

19th Jul, 2021 | 8:10am

Alan Stubbs likens new Rangers midfielder John Lundstram to Scott Brown

The signing of John Lundstram has been praised by Alan Stubbs who has likened the new Rangers midfielder to former Celtic captain Scott Brown.

Lundstram, 27, joined the Gers earlier this month, signing a three-year deal with the club after arriving as a free agent following his departure from Sheffield United.

Speaking to the Daily Record, former Hoops defender Stubbs, who played for Rangers’ arch-rivals between 1996-2001, believes Lundstram can bring similar qualities to that of Brown, who left for Aberdeen this summer.

Stubbs admitted: “It’s great business by Rangers.

“I’m sure John would’ve had options to stay in England. I’m delighted he’s getting a move to Rangers, a club riding high.

“But I just wish he’d signed for the team on the other side of Glasgow.

“He certainly brings steel, real substance and drive, to a midfield. Scott Brown did all that and more for Celtic.

“I’m not saying John is exactly the Broony type of player but he’s a winner.

“And in terms of the impact he can have on a team, it’s what Celtic are going to have to try to find after losing Scott.”

Not a popular comparison…

We’re not sure how to feel about this comparison by Stubbs.

Brown is not the most popular figure at Ibrox, in fact, it’s hard to think of any players who have been greeted with as much derision as the 55-cap Scotland international.

However, it was at least Stubbs trying to pay a compliment to Lundstram as Brown is considered a hero at Celtic for his captaincy during their domination of the Scottish Premiership over the years.

It wasn’t exactly the best achievement going given our demise down the league giving them an open road to success, but Brown can at least be credited with having an influence on the side.

But we don’t want the ‘Next Scott Brown’, we’ve no desire to have a player in his ilk or likened to the 36-year-old.

Lundstram will be his own player, and it’s safe to assume he’ll be slightly more popular than the ex-Celtic captain…

In other Rangers news, the Gers are preparing an offer for Steven Gerrard’s ex-teammate who wowed Cesc Fabregas this week.