According to a recent report by Derek Clark, John Lundstram’s future at Ibrox as a Rangers player appears uncertain, as he approaches the final year of his contract.
Despite being a key member of the squad during Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s 12-month stint as manager, he has fallen down the pecking order under Michael Beale’s leadership.
With the club planning to make several changes to their playing staff during the upcoming transfer window, it’s speculated that Lundstram could be sold to other interested parties, who may be willing to pay a decent transfer fee for him.
Lundstram is currently on a substantial contract at Ibrox, and renewing it would tie him down until beyond his prime years on likely high wages.
While fans love Lundstram for his past performances, the article suggests that being sentimental and keeping players around for nostalgia’s sake isn’t beneficial to the club’s progress.
The recent acquisitions of Nicolas Raskin and Todd Cantwell have improved the squad, and unfortunately for Lundstram, he may be replaced by newer, younger talent.
Therefore, if an offer comes in for him, it’s essential that the club considers it, as it could go towards improving the team for next season.
Rangers chairman Douglas Park’s Motor Group enters partnership with Swpl
The Scottish Women’s Premier League has formed a new partnership with Douglas Park’s Motor Group, who will serve as an official partner of the SWPL.
The partnership will continue until the conclusion of the 2025/26 season. In addition, Park’s Motor Group will be the title sponsor of the SWPL and SWPL 2 for the remainder of the 2022/23 season.
Fiona McIntyre, the SWPL Managing Director, expressed her excitement about the partnership and noted that Park’s Motor Group has a strong track record of investing in Scottish football, particularly in the women’s game.
“This is another significant milestone for the women’s game here in Scotland, and is the first time in the history of the game that the leagues and the cup have both had title sponsorship. This illustrates the continued growth and progress of the game here in Scotland and the desire for companies to align themselves in the long term with the girls’ and women’s game.”
According to a spokesperson from Park’s Motor Group, they are proud of their 50-year association with Scottish Football and are pleased to continue supporting the women’s game.
They are excited to collaborate with Fiona and the SWPL team to promote the league’s growth.
Despite scoring 14 goals in their last four games, Rangers manager Michael Beale wants his players to be more decisive in front of the goal when facing Dundee United, who are struggling at the bottom of the league.
Beale believes there is still room for improvement, and while he acknowledges that former Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin will try to frustrate his team, he thinks that Rangers have the ability to capitalize on more chances than they did in their recent 4-2 victory over Motherwell.
Beale told Rangers TV: “You are playing a coach for the third time in your spell here. Obviously with Aberdeen it was two quite close games that we got victories in and they are fighting for their lives down the bottom of the league, and they will come to Ibrox and make it tough, like most teams do. I am sure they will try and reduce the space on the pitch.
“It is important for us that we are very sharp in the final third and we keep creating the opportunities that we are and scoring goals.
“Of late we have scored quite a lot of goals but it’s also fair to say in every single game we could have scored more.
“For me the most important thing is that we are creating chances and scoring.
“I would like us still to be a little more ruthless because I think if you look back to the Motherwell game we should have scored more goals, the Raith game as well, away at Hibs we should have scored more goals.
“There are good signs that we are scoring threes and fours, but also I want us to be a little bit more ruthless.”