By Joe Ellis

4th May, 2022 | 9:10am

Rangers midfielder John Lundstram has quality 'other players don't' - Dave Smith

John Lundstram has come into his own since Giovanni van Bronckhorst arrived at Rangers and the praise he is getting backs that up.

The Englishman was signed by previous manager Steven Gerrard on a free transfer from Sheffield United but the now-Aston Villa boss couldn’t get the best out of him whatsoever.

His future at the club looked in doubt but the 28-year-old has had a resurgence since the change in leadership and former Rangers player Dave Smith loves what he’s seen from Lundstram.

“He brings a bit of composure which the other players don’t have,” Smith, one of the Barca Bears, said, as quoted by the Herald. “He has been dropping back and more or less playing as a sweeper. He can pass the ball out. He is one of the few in the team who can do that.

“He had a bit of a ropey start in Scotland. But he was asked to play in a position in midfield which didn’t suit him. But the role he has now suits him fine. He has been very impressive lately, domestically as well as in Europe.

“He (van Bronckhorst) has brought the best out in Lundstram. But at the end of the day, the coach can know how to play, if the players don’t give him what he wants it won’t work. It is all down to the players.

“The fans have taken to Lundstram now. They can see he is playing for the jersey.”

Undroppable

The difference between pre and post van Bronckhorst is night and day for Lundstram and Rangers have hugely benefitted from his upturn in performances.

It has gotten to the point now where the Englishman is almost undroppable from the side and if he were to be unavailable for any reason, it would be incredibly noticeable.

Whoever the boss picks alongside Lundstram is always improved too which is the sign of a truly top professional if he can make everyone else better as well as maintain his own levels for the entire 90 minutes.

There are few players who can do just that to the same level as Lundstram and he could easily go down as an Ibrox icon if he stays for another handful of years and wins everything in the process.

He will be crucial again tomorrow evening too when RB Leipzig come to town trying to hang onto their 1-0 advantage in the Europa League semi-final with a trip to Seville awaiting the winner.

In other Rangers news, captain James Tavernier has led the tributes to a beloved Ibrox figure who passed away yesterday.