By Doug Ward

12th Mar, 2023 | 3:30pm

BBC Scotland pundit slams John Lundstram over 'needless' Rangers incident v Raith Rovers

BBC Scotland pundit Stephen Craigan slammed John Lundstram for the pointless yellow card he received in Rangers’ 3-0 win against Raith Rovers at Ibrox on Sunday.

Michael Beale’s men progressed to the Scottish Cup semi-finals with a routine victory over the Scottish Championship side but fans will be right to have concerns about the slack performance in Govan on 12 March.

Lundstram, 29, was criticised by some sections of the support for his lacklustre performance over Raith and that culminated in the 75th minute when John Beaton booked him for a challenge on Brad Spencer.

“It might come back to bite him as well,” said Craigan on Viaplay on Sunday (12 March, 02:33pm).

“It’s a needless tackle in a game that’s well won at this moment for Rangers.

“There’s been something brewing in the middle of the pitch.”


If there was ever an advert for Ryan Jack to earn a new contract at Rangers, this week has been it.

Jack was sensational against Hibernian in the week but was left out of Sunday’s 3-0 win over Raith Rovers, presumably so he could recover properly due to his injury issues.

And we can forgive Jack’s injury problems if he can string together a run of performances like that one at Easter Road.

On top of that, Lundstram replaced Jack and he was very poor in the middle of the park.

Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell should be two of the first names on the teamsheet due to how well they’ve started since arriving at Ibrox and also because of how badly we played without them against Celtic in the Viaplay Cup final.

Who joins them two in the midfield though? It’s obviously got to be Jack.

Glen Kamara and Lundstram have gone backwards massively and we doubt Steven Davis will get a new deal at the end of the season due to his age and injury issues.

Beale needs to sort out a new deal for Jack.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox ace has been tipped to join a “big club in England” after what Beale said.