Sam Lammers Given Percentage Chance of Transfer Exit, Rival Manager Backs Rangers Success

Utrecht manager Ron Jans has admitted that the club faces an uphill battle to re-sign Rangers striker Sam Lammers, despite his impressive loan spell in the Netherlands.

Lammers, 27, spent six months with Utrecht, scoring 10 goals and providing 3 assists. Jans is clearly a fan, urging the club’s hierarchy to do “what they can” to bring the Dutch striker back permanently.

“We have not given up hope that Lammers will return,” Jans told ESPN.nl, “But I think the chance is less than 50 percent.”

Lammers’ resurgence in form has also caught the eye of Heerenveen boss Kees van Wonderen, who believes the striker can succeed at Rangers if given the opportunity.

“He has never lost his talent,” van Wonderen said, “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.”

However, van Wonderen acknowledges the key role Jans has played in Lammers’ revival. “It’s clear his manager Ron Jans has triggered something in him,” he said. “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.”

The question remains whether Lammers can replicate his Utrecht form under Rangers manager Philippe Clement.

“So much will depend on the confidence he gets from his manager at Rangers – will it be the same as Jans at Utrecht?” questioned van Wonderen. “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?”

Only time will tell if Rangers will give Lammers another chance, or if Utrecht can tempt the Gers into a sale.


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