Very Strong – Steven Gerrard Defends Lundstram Amid Criticism

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has provided his assessment on John Lundstram’s performance against Lyon, explaining that he felt the midfielder had a good game.

Lundstram joined Scottish Premiership champions Rangers from Sheffield United on a free transfer in the summer, but has struggled to make a significant impact so far.

Rangers kicked off their Europa League group stage matches with a 2-0 defeat to Lyon at home on Thursday and the 27-year-old played the entirety of the match.

Lundstram has been criticised for failing to stop Karl Toko Ekambi for Lyon’s opener at Ibrox, but Rangers manager Gerrard has come to his defence.

Providing his assessment on Lundstram’s performance against Lyon, the Liverpool legend explained that he thought the midfielder had a very strong game.

I thought John had a very strong game last night“, Gerrard told a press conference.

Gerrard pointed out that Rangers looked good at times against Lyon before stressing the need for the Light Blues to bounce back against Motherwell on Sunday.

I felt last night we at times looked a good team, I did feel like we were competitive“, the Englishman said.

I do see Lyon on a similar level with Leverkusen, but at the end of the day we lost and we now need to bounce back for the weekend.

Lundstram has made nine appearances across all competitions for Rangers so far this season and has scored one goal in the process.

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James Dornan: Every journalist must tell truth about Rangers culture

SNP’s James Dornan has called for Rangers to be banned after Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon were refused entry to Ibrox on Thursday.

Sutton and Lennon’s attendance to work for BT Sport was deemed as a security risk, according to Sutton.

Dornan has called for journalists to put the heat on the Gers as they continue to stop people attending Ibrox.


He’s also suggested that if the Scottish champions cannot create a safe environment for media workers, they should face sanctions themselves.

“It’s surely time that every journalist started telling the truth about the culture at Ibrox,” said Dornan via his personal Twitter account on Thursday after BBC journalist Tom English expressed his shock about the story.

“For this to be allowed to occur in 21st century Scotland is an abomination.

“If Rangers can’t control their fans maybe they should be the ones being banned, not others just doing their job.”

 

 

Disgraceful

Dornan’s gone in a bit strong here – why is he on about Rangers being banned? How does that work? Ban us from what, exactly?

Ibrox is private property at the end of the day and the club can let in whoever they want and keep out whoever they want.

However, it really doesn’t look good when a couple of former footballers are barred from attending because of supposed security concerns.

Why should there be any concerns about the security of Lennon or Sutton? They were supposed to be at Ibrox to cover the Celtic game that took place earlier and the stadium would have been empty then.

There could be an ulterior motive here and we wouldn’t put that past the Light Blues given the fact they’re trying to control the media’s role at Ibrox this season.

Charging media companies for access and exclusives is bad enough but denying access to former players who are simply there to do their job is very poor.

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We Were Nervous At The Start Against Rangers – Lyon Coach

Lyon coach Peter Bosz has conceded that his side were a bit nervous at the start of their Europa League group clash against Rangers on Thursday night.

Karl Toko Ekambi scored midway through the first half to give Lyon the lead and James Tavernier scored an own goal after the break as Lyon won comfortably 2-0 at Ibrox.

Lyon controlled the game with their possession, but Rangers did have their say and had eleven attempts with only two of those hitting the target.

Bosz admitted that it was not a perfect performance from his side and believes Lyon showed signs of nervousness at the start of the game against Rangers.

However, he stressed that Lyon got better as the game wore on and did the things they needed to do in order to get the three points from their trip to Scotland.

Bosz told French broadcaster Canal+: “It wasn’t perfect.

“At the start of the match, we were a little nervous. We lost a lot of balls, it was not too good.

“But afterwards, we played better. I said it before the match, the key is to play the ball and turn quickly.

“We did it well in the first half and also in the second.”

Rangers will look to get back to winning ways on Sunday when they host Motherwell in the league at Ibrox.

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Rangers confirmed team news v Motherwell

Rangers could be without both Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos for their Scottish Premiership clash with Motherwell.

Steven Gerrard confirmed that the winger will be out after limping off in the 2-0 defeat against Lyon last night.

Morelos is also a doubt after complaining of a tight hamstring too, and that could add to a major blow.


Gerrard confirmed the team news via the official Bears Twitter account this morning ahead of the clash.

“Kent will be sent for a scan today, he will obviously be out for the weekend and could miss a few weeks but we will know more this evening,” he said.

“Morelos has a tight hamstring and is a doubt for the weekend but is not an issue on Kent’s level.”

 

 

Blow.

This would be a huge blow.

Despite that, it would open a big door for those in the fringes of the squad to go out and prove themselves even further at Ibrox.

Scott Wright, Kemar Roofe and Juninho Bacuna will all be licking their lips to get a taste of the action yet again from the start.

We can’t remember the last time both Kent and Morelos were out, and both have huge influences on us in the final third.

Hopefully, that won’t affect us too badly and those coming in and can do a job and get us back on the horse after that big defeat against Lyon.

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Simon Jordan shares Chris Sutton verdict after Rangers-Ibrox decision

Simon Jordan has delivered his verdict on the Rangers controversy surrounding Chris Sutton and Neil Lennon on Thursday.

Sutton, alongside Neil Lennon, was denied access to Ibrox for his BT punditry duties as they were considered a security risk.

TalkSPORT [17/09/21] delivered an update on the reasons behind it.


“Producer Luke has just be in touch with Rangers,” Jim White said.

Luke: “We can tell you, it seems to be for over a year now, Chris Sutton has not been overly welcome at Ibrox because of past comments to the club and some of the coverage he has given them.

“BT have been aware of that for some time. Rangers were then told, quite late Wednesday night, that this was the plan, Sutton and Lennon were going to be at Ibrox presenting coverage for the Celtic-Real Betis match.”

Simon Jordan responded: “You have to look at the broadcaster and say ‘shouldn’t you have done a little better’.

“I don’t know what Chris Sutton has said.


“But you have to take the consequences of the things you say. I’m not suggesting for one moment that you have mob rule or subsequently, there should be jeopardy for commenting on a football match.

“But you have to realise certain things in life are best not said, and if they’re said for reasons that are not fair or equitable then you’ll get a blowback.

“If these boys’ security was a safety issue then you do have to take some responsibility for it.

“You have to question why BT would want to create a situation.

“Chris Sutton can be quite provocative in his views and demonstrative, I’ve thought sometimes ‘you’re just saying something for the sake of saying it, it doesn’t really have much substance behind it but it will get a reaction out of people’.”


No Sutton sympathy?

Jordan, never one to mix his words, suggests Sutton may be the victim of his own words.

The ex-Crystal Palace chairman was keen to stress that there should be no safety issues as a result of his remarks, but he has, essentially, sent a warning to Sutton that he cannot say what he wants and expect no pushback.

It does appear that a big portion of the blame here has to go to BT, if what has been reported is true.

Foisting the news upon the Gers the day before the event was never going to go down well.

Furthermore, if there is any hint of a safety issue, then the club surely has to take as many steps as possible to prevent it.

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