By Saikat Mandal

19th Apr, 2022 | 5:40pm

Brian Laudrup gushes over Rangers midfielder John Lundstram

Brian Laudrup has showered heaps of praise on Rangers midfielder John Lundstram for his performance against Celtic.

The Gers won 2-1 against the Bhoys at Hampden Park last Sunday to secure a passage to the final of the Scottish Cup where they will face Hearts.

Despite going down after the break, Scott Arfield netted the equaliser and an own goal from Carl Starfelt sealed the win for the Bears.

“John Lundstram didn’t wait to make his mark. Less than two minutes had been played at Hampden on Sunday when he made a tremendous tackle on Reo Hatate,” wrote Laudrup for The Scottish Daily Mail (19 April, page 70).

“Bang. It fired the starting gun on an outstanding performance that was surely his most significant yet in a Rangers jersey. Celtic couldn’t cope with Lundstram’s physicality, the way he covered the ground and how he used the ball. 

“He aggressively dominated midfield, effectively eliminating space for Tom Rogic to have any influence on the match. More than anything, Lundstram’s sheer desire to win shone through. And it spread to his team-mates from the moment of that first big challenge onwards.

“Lundstram is absolutely central to a new approach to Old Firm games by Giovanni van Bronckhorst. After standing off Celtic and being blown away inside 45 minutes at Parkhead in February’s game

“Lundstram wasn’t picked for Rangers are now on the front foot, pressing hard and, on Sunday, gaining rewards.”

Terrific

The past week has been terrific for the Gers.

It started with a thumping 4-0 win against St Mirren that provided the injection of belief to beat Braga in the Europa League.

The Bears, who were trailing 1-0 from first-leg, went on to win the tie 3-1 in the extra time at Ibrox.

The victory against Celtic was really special. After the break, and especially after conceding the goal, it felt that the players would tire down having played for 120 minutes in the midweek.

But they kept on piling pressure and managed to secure a win in the extra time once again. Lunsdtram, as Laudrup has suggested, was incredible throughout the game.

He dominated the midfield and was a lion on the pitch.

Lundstram struggled at Ibrox when he first joined from Sheffield United. However, under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, he has looked like a different beast.

The Gers can now enjoy a good rest before they play Motherwell at the weekend. After that, a two-legged tie against RB Leipzig and a clash against Celtic will define their season.

In other Rangers news, a Leipzig sensation has made a startling admission about the Gers after being drawn against them in the Europa League.