John Lundstram reveals Sheffield United influence of Chris Wilder and John Fleck on his free transfer move to Rangers

Ex-Sheffield United man John Lundstram believes he is already equipped to deal with the mental pressures of playing for a club the size of Rangers – because of the winning mentality instilled into him by Chris Wilder when they worked together at Bramall Lane.

Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 11:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 5:51 pm

The midfielder was yesterday officially unveiled at Rangers, signing a three-year deal at Ibrox after leaving United on a free transfer this summer.

Lundstram will work at Rangers with a boyhood hero in former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard. And, when asked about the mental strength needed to play for Rangers, Lundstram said: “That’s something the old manager [Wilder] instilled in all of us back then. Obviously it didn’t end the way any of us would have wanted.

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“But to be here now, I know the winning mentality that exists and amongst the Rangers fans, I just can’t wait.

“Hopefully I can bring that winning mentality and continue the success from last season.”

Lundstram also revealed how former Blades teammate John Fleck a boyhood Rangers fan and former player, played a “massive part” in him moving north of the border.

New Rangers signing John Lundstram watches on during a pre-season friendly between Partick Thistle and Rangers at Firhill (Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
New Rangers signing John Lundstram watches on during a pre-season friendly between Partick Thistle and Rangers at Firhill (Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

“Every other week his mates and his family were phoning him, asking if I was signing because it was all over the media that there was a bit of interest,” Lundstram added.

“I knew from an early stage how much it meant to a lot of the people up here because Flecky was on me from the start! He played a massive part and I know a couple of the lads in and around the city through Flecky, so it’ll be nice to see some old faces.”