Alan Hutton has dropped his verdict on new Glasgow Rangers signing John Lundstram.
The Lowdown: Lundstram signs
Lundstram signed on a free transfer once his deal at Sheffield United expired at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Should Rangers have signed Lundstram?
The central midfield player has since played in pre-season matches against Tranmere Rovers and Arsenal ahead of the new campaign.
The Latest: Hutton on Lundstram
Hutton, a pundit who used to play as a right-back for the Gers, has since given his thoughts to Football Insider on the signing, and has been impressed by his displays so far in pre-season:
“You can see what he brings. He’s obviously very calm, he’s played at a higher level.
“The Tranmere game, which was his first game, was about him bedding in. Gerrard spoke about how hard they’ve been working him and he tired towards the end of that game.
“I think he’s going to be a steady grower. Game on game he’s going to get better and better. We’ve seen the potential over the last couple of seasons.
“There’s obviously room for improvement as well but I think he’ll get that under Steven Gerrard, be an inspiration, and he’ll flourish in a Rangers shirt.
“We’re starting to see the signs that he showed in his first season in the Premier League.
“He’s a top-quality player, very big and strong which I think you need in the SPFL. I think he’s going to be a very good signing.”
The Verdict: Smart signing
Lundstram is certainly a smart signing by Steven Gerrard’s team, especially given the fact that he came to Ibrox on a free transfer.
A player who now has plenty of Premier League experience under his belt, in where he managed five goals and a further three assists in his first season (Transfermarkt), Lundstram has played against world-class footballers like Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes on a weekly basis in England, and so should have no problems in adapting to life in the Scottish Premiership.
The Englishman showed that he has an eye for both a goal and assist as well, which will no doubt be handy to RFC as they look to secure back-to-back SPFL titles.
Nonetheless, at 27 years of age, Lundstram is about to enter his prime, and could be a mainstay in the side for years to come.
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