By Beck Pascal

10th May, 2022 | 11:15am

John Lundstram brands Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst a 'genius'

John Lundstram has lifted the lid on a behind the scenes conversation with Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, branding him an “absolute genius”. 

Despite failing the retain the Scottish Premiership – the Dutchman has successfully navigated the Light Blues to two finals this season as they look to bring home the double.

The former Sheffield United man has raved over his tactical switches after being asked to play a number of different roles under Steven Gerrard’s successor.

He told The Herald: “I think, tactically, he’s just an absolute genius.

“Honestly, his calmness is always there and he instils that through the squad.

“The tactical switches – he puts me where he wants to, at the back and then back into midfield. But it seems to work and it’s just great.

“I had an honest conversation with him and he said that’s where he could see me playing at times. I said that was absolutely fine, whatever he needed me to do was no problem at all.

“That was very early doors so I have absolutely no problem in doing what the manager wants me to do.”

Success.

It hasn’t been a bad first half of the season at all for van Bronckhorst at Rangers. Make no mistake, he along with everyone else will be bitterly disappointed to have not retained the league title. 

Celtic looked down and out whilst the Gers thrived earlier in the season and it feels as if they have let it slip through their fingers slightly. 

That won’t be playing on the Bears fans’ minds one bit if they go on to win the double though. 

They face Hearts in the Scottish Cup which they should have no problem with beating in the final but with it being a final, the Gers must make sure they are one hundred percent at it because anything can happen on the day. 

Then a few days later they face the Eintracht Frankfurt in the final of the Europa League in Seville – another must-win. 

Bringing home two trophies will undoubtedly soften the blow of the Light Blues’ domestic troubles this year but van Bronckhorst will be looking to set the record straight in Glasgow next year.

In other Rangers news, Sir Alex Ferguson has been left stunned by “brilliant” Rangers whilst admitting they have “great chance” in the Europa League final.