By Alan Hutton

10th Jul, 2021 | 5:00pm

Hutton: This is real reason Lundstram rejected new Sheffield United deal to sign for Rangers

The opportunity to play in the Champions League and work under Steven Gerrard would have helped convince John Lundstram to swap Sheffield United for Rangers.

That is the view of ex-Gers and Scotland defender Alan Hutton speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the midfielder signed a three-year deal with the Ibrox giants.

Rangers confirmed on Monday (5 July) that they had secured the signing of Lundtram on a free transfer after his Sheffield United contract expired.

Former Blades manager Chris Wilder revealed in October he had rejected a “very good” contract offer from the club.

The Everton academy graduate is a boyhood Liverpool fan and Hutton has suggested that had a big impact on choosing his next club.

He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Steven Gerrard and Champions League football will have played a big part.

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“But even though he won’t necessarily be a Rangers fan he would have seen the atmosphere and everything that surrounded Rangers when they won the league. How big it was, the way the supporters acted.

“Even if you looked at the Europa League you could see they were decent in that. You can see there’s a big platform there to show your skills at a high level.

“Now they’re going to be in the qualifiers for the Champions League it’s another boost for the club and the player.

“He wouldn’t have got that at Sheffield United, we know that. The chance to play at a massive club and play on the big stage has played a part.

“We know he’s always looked up to Gerrard so working under him and learning from him, as well.”

In other news, the Rangers squad will be buzzing after ‘great’ news from Ibrox.