Sam Lammers backed to kickstart Rangers career but three key questions posed

Could Sam Lammers have a Rangers future?
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Sam Lammers has been backed to kickstart his Rangers career after starring on loan at Utrecht.

The Dutch forward did not get off to the best of starts at Ibrox and quickly became one of the main fall guys of a poor summer transfer window and the target of some fan ire. After just two goals, he was shipped off back to his homeland after Philippe Clement replaced the man who signed him, Michael Beale.

His spell at Utrecht couldn't have been more of a contrast, bagging ten goals in all, including nine in a ten-game run at the end of the season. Despite that, it has been expected Gers will take the chance to cash in and sell him on permanently this summer, with his loan side keen as well as FC Twente.

But if things don't transpire that way, Heerenveen boss Kees van Wonderen is backing him to be a hit in Glasgow after seeing him score a double against his side.

He said: “I have only seen Lammers from a distance as a manager so it’s difficult to get the correct insight without working with the player on a daily basis. He has never lost his talent but since he has started playing regularly he’s got his confidence back. He’s scoring again and I have no doubt he can take that back with him to Scotland and have a positive second season at Rangers.

"It’s clear his manager Ron Jans has triggered something in him and he has done well in the short spell with Utrecht in the Dutch league. You can see he’s starting to score and feels he’s an important player. He has found a team who has given him time to play and has delivered on that by scoring goals. That’s a big difference from what he achieved in Scotland.

“So much will depend on the confidence he gets from his manager at Rangers – will it be the same as Jans at Utrecht? Can he come back to Glasgow and have the same fun he’s had in Holland? Can he keep that smile on his face and continue to score? The dynamic of the team, his team-mates and all of the different variables need to work for him.”