John Lundstram urges fans to roar Rangers into Champions League group stages
John Lundstram has called on Rangers fans to roar them into the Champions League group stages against PSV at Ibrox on Tuesday night.
The Gers midfielder was named the sponsors’ man of the match in the 4-0 home win over St Johnstone on Saturday, making it three out of three Premiership wins for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
Next up is the visit of the Dutch side in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs and Lundstram is aware of how the fans helped the Light Blues overtake Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise in the Champions League third qualifying game last Tuesday night.
Rangers tied 3-2 on aggregate after a 3-0 second leg victory and Lundstram, ahead of the visit from PSV, told RangersTV: “It’s another massive night for the club and we’re going to again need everyone behind us.
“We have to produce the atmosphere like we did last week, again.
“It gives you another 10 per cent, there’s no doubt about it, it really motivates you, keeps you going, gives you that extra yard of pace, so we definitely need that again.”
It was Rangers’ third win at Ibrox in a week following a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock last Saturday and victory over USG on Tuesday night.
Striker Malik Tillman gave the Light Blues the lead in the 32nd minute with a close-range header from a James Tavernier cross. Croatian Antoni Colak, who had scored in previous matches against USG and Killie, added a second from 10 yards out in the 62nd minute, with late goals from substitutes Scott Arfield and Tom Lawrence putting a splinter on the scoreline.
Lundstram believes that every game brings improvements to a strong team.
He said: “I was really happy. Performance-wise it was better than last week against Killie.
“You can see it starting to click a little better now. We’ve started to get going and hopefully we can keep going.
“The quality of the team is incredible. The people who came onto the pitch could easily start the game.
“Thanks to the team the manager has built that we can strengthen rather than weaken when making substitutions.
“The training is high quality in terms of intensity and there are also a lot of leaders in the group, which should be very helpful for us.”
It was a difficult afternoon for the Saints but manager Callum Davidson said: “I’m disappointed for the guys but we can take positives from this and see improvements from the start of the season.
“It’s a new build, a new team and there’s a lot of good stuff there.”