Next Rangers manager hunts LIVE as early trophy chance gives Ibrox job huge appeal

KOLOSSI, CYPRUS – OCTOBER 5: John Lundstram of Rangers in action during a UEFA Europa League match between Aris Limassol and Rangers at Alphamega Stadium, on October 5, 2023, in Kolossi, Cyprus. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group)

John Lundstram insists it is unfair to single out Rangers’ summer signings for criticism because they are playing no worse than the rest of the Light Blues’ stalwarts.

Gers’ calamitous campaign hit another low on Thursday night when they suffered a Cypriot setback against Aris Limassol. Michael Beale has already paid the price for his disastrous rebuild after being fired on Sunday.

The manager spent £13m on nine new signings but, apart from goalkeeper Jack Butland, none of those expensive recruits have come close to offering value for money. All of that has been too much for the seething Ibrox support, who let loose again at full-time in Limassol to another chorus of boos. The worst of the stick has been reserved for new leaders Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers, who cost a combined £8m. But Lundstram admits that the rest of the team also has their share of the blame.

It is a difficult period. I think 90 percent of the players on the roster are not showing their full potential.

The new guys that have come in take the brunt of it, but I think it’s a collective thing where everyone has a little bit of confidence right now and they’re not playing at the level we’ve played in the past.

We just have to move forward and get those standards back. I think it’s a little unfair. [to focus the criticism on the new boys]. There are 11 players on the field and 23 on the squad. We are all in this together.

We win together, we lose together and we stay together and we need to give the fans something to support us.

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