By Saikat Mandal

21st Apr, 2022 | 9:40am

Kevin Thomson makes U-turn on Rangers midfielder John Lundstram

Kevin Thomson says he initially “questioned” when John Lundstram joined Rangers from Sheffield United.

The midfielder has become a key player under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and Thomson has changed his mind and hailed him as a “really big” player for the club.

Lundstram was simply outstanding against Braga and Celtic in recent games, and Rangers TV pundit Thomson suggests the midfielder has excelled in the anchor role.

“I questioned what he was when he first came to the club. I knew all about him from watching him on the telly with Sheffield United,” said Thomson, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“He has really found his niche in the market. He knows what he is good at now and his role in the team.

“I’m not saying he didn’t know his role before but he’s shown he can put his foot in, he can put out fires and he can get his foot on the ball.

“He’s a real protector for the back four. That’s vital at a club like Rangers because, especially in Scotland, you have a lot of the ball and are on the attack.

“But you can be vulnerable when it’s turned over and he does a brilliant job for the team. He’s become a really big player for Rangers.”

Huge turnaround

The 28-year-old midfielder has made 42 appearances in all competitions already, which shows how important he is to the side. 

Lundstram was one of the top players for Sheffield United and it was quite surprising to see him struggle in Scotland when he first arrived. 

He used to be the driving force for the Blades where he was asked to join the attack and score goals and create chances for others. 

At Rangers, he initially struggled with his roles at the club. However, he is a technically gifted player and he has proved his versatility. 

Now he is a complete box to box midfielder where he primarily acts as a defensive shield for the back four. He makes strong tackles, picks passes from deep and has showcased his leadership qualities at times. 

His all-action display is adding a new dimension to Van Bronckhorst’s side and the Dutchman can’t think of a line-up without him at the moment. 

In other Rangers news, an old friend of one current first-team star thinks he is ready to end his stay.