John Lundstram performance for Rangers v Celtic 'defied belief' - Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson has labelled John Lundstram as a ‘freakish phenomenon’ for his performance as Rangers defeated Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.
The light blues earned a 2-1 extra-time win just three days after going 120 minutes against Braga in the Europa League, with Carl Starfelt forced into an own goal by Fashion Sakala.
But it was former Sheffield United man Lundstram who was the best player on the pitch in his 101 minutes, with Jackson telling the Daily Record that his performance ‘defied belief’.
“It made no sense at all for them to be bursting out of the traps like this and forcing his players so far onto the back foot,” he said.
“But that’s exactly what was happening and especially in the midfield where the outstanding John Lundstram seemed to be taking on all comers all by himself.
“In fact, Lundstram’s performance almost defied belief.
“That the Scouser lasted 101 minutes before being replaced by Kamara was a freakish phenomenon all on its own.
“But, while he was dominating the middle of the pitch during that first half, Celtic’s players looked strangely overwhelmed by it all.”
What a performance from Lundstram it was and he continued to be a man who has completely embodied this club and this rivalry since joining.
There was hard running, big tackles and energy, but there was also composure on the ball, quality in his passing and leadership. This was the game where Lundstram really announced himself.
Adrenaline got him through, considering he was forced off with a groin issue just a week ago, but you would never have known if you hadn’t been paying attention.
That level of commitment is exactly what has been missing at Rangers domestically this season, which is why they’ve seen a 12-point swing in the title race since the winter break.
However now they have the chance to lift two trophies by getting positive results in four games, and if they manage to lift either trophy they owe a huge amount of credit to Lundstram.
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