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Rangers: John Lundstram may have saved his Ibrox career

Rangers moved back to within one point of the top of the Premiership table as they ran out 5-0 winners at Ibrox on Sunday.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s men bounced back from their 3-0 defeat to Celtic in style as they hammered Hearts at home, with Alfredo Morelos (two), Scott Arfield, Fashion Sakala and Glen Kamara scoring the goals.

The Gers were able to find an instant response after their Old Firm drubbing and remain neck-and-neck with the Hoops in the title race.

Saved his career

One player who may have just saved his career at Ibrox with his performance on Sunday is central midfielder John Lundstram.

Does Lundstram have a future at Rangers?

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He has endured a difficult spell since van Bronckhorst arrived at the club and was touted with an exit to Middlesbrough in January. The ex-Sheffield United man had only started three matches under the Dutchman prior to this win over Hearts and his display in the middle of the park may show his head coach that he is deserving of more minutes in the side.

Lundstram put in an energetic, aggressive, and quality showing as he caught the eye alongside Ryan Jack in midfield. On the ball, he was effective. As per SofaScore, he had 70 touches of the ball and completed an impressive 92% of his attempted passes. He also finished the game with a 100% dribble success rate, beating an opponent with the ball six times.

This shows that he was able to progress the play for the Gers by driving them up the pitch with his ability to take players on and get past them. He then had the assurance in possession to complete the vast majority of his passes, making him a reliable option in midfield.

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Off the ball, he covered every blade of grass. Via SofaScore, he won a whopping 11 of his 15 duels on the pitch in 85 minutes. He ended the match on three tackles, two interceptions and two clearances, whilst only committing one foul.

The Englishman was a workhorse in the middle as he consistently won his individual battles and won possession back for his side. He was able to merge quality on the ball with defensive robustness off it and his display may well tempt van Bronckhorst into handing him more game time, which could – in turn – save the 27-year-old’s career at Ibrox. It was timely too, with Aaron Ramsey making his debut as a second-half substitute in the middle of the park.

This, however, may well keep the Welshman on the bench for a while yet. That said, Lundstrum needs to continue producing performances in the same vein as this one to make himself a regular fixture in the starting XI for the rest of the campaign.

AND in other news, Forget Morelos: £18k-p/w Rangers gem with 4 chances created set Ibrox alight on Sunday…

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