JOHN Lundstram, the Rangers midfielder, has attributed the Ibrox club's disappointing start to the new season to "a few Covid cases".

Lundstram, who moved to Glasgow from Sheffield United at the start of last month, played as the Scottish champions lost to Dundee United at Tannadice today. 

It was the first cinch Premiership defeat that Steven Gerrard's men had suffered in 40 games and 17 months. 

And it followed a disappointing 2-1 loss at the hands of Malmo in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round double header in Sweden on Tuesday. 

Lundstram revealed that positive coronavirus tests had impacted on Rangers' preparations to the 2021/22 campaign in an interview with Sky Sports before kick-off on Tayside. 

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He said: "I think there's a lot more to come from all of us.

"It's only early doors, we had pre-season not long ago and it hasn't been a great one for everyone.

"There have been a few Covid cases. So I'm sure once we are up to speed you'll see a different team."

No positive Covid-19 tests have been public by the Ibrox club - but Rangers TV commentator Clive Tyldesley suggested two players missed pre-season friendlies against Brighton and Real Madrid due to Covid.