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Rangers must unleash John Lundstram

Glasgow Rangers return to Premiership action tomorrow following the conclusion of their Champions League campaign, which ended with a 3-1 defeat last Tuesday.

They make the trip to Perth on Sunday to take on St Johnstone and it is another must-win league clash for the Ibrox side. With just three more matches to play before the hiatus for the World Cup begins, Giovanni van Bronckhorst will only be thinking about getting nine points on the board.

The Dutchman would have liked to rotate his squad ahead of the match tomorrow, but an ongoing injury crisis at Ibrox prevents him from having that luxury, and he might make just one or two changes from the defeat to Ajax in midweek.

One player who must be unleashed is John Lundstram, with the Englishman becoming a key part of the Rangers midfield this season.

Lundstram has an average SofaScore rating of 7.28/10 which ranks him fourth in the Rangers squad this season and he has been pivotal in the Ibrox engine room, especially in league action.

The 28-year-old has chipped in with four goals while also taking a staggering 85.2 touches per game as he always demands the ball and looks to create opportunities whenever possible.

With a 70% dribble success rate, his attacking nous is regularly on show. However, this doesn’t mean he shirks his defensive responsibilities – far from it.

The Englishman makes 1.4 tackles per game while winning 52% of his duels, proving to Van Bronckhorst that he can be relied upon at both ends of the field.

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Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish dubbed Lundstram as a “trojan”, while Van Bronckhorst claimed that the midfielder “has so much energy”; and with the midfielder missing just two matches this season (one due to suspension), the Dutchman is spot-on.

It could be a tense affair against the Saints tomorrow, but if Lundstram is in the mood, he could play an important role for the Gers as they aim to secure three valuable points.

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