Glasgow Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara starred as Finland beat Bulgaria in the Nations League, days after shocking World Cup champions France in Paris in their previous fixture.
Kamara was named in the starting line-up as the Finnish national team pulled off a 2-1 victory at the Vasil Levski National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors took a two-goal lead in the first half to pretty much put the game beyond the Lions before Bulgaria hit back after the break with what turned out to be a consolation strike from second-half substitute Dimitar Iliev.
Paulus Arajuuri put in a peerless performance, winning the Man of the Match award in the process, Robert Taylor was immense, but Kamara arguably stole the show as Finland kept pace with Wales, who beat the Republic of Ireland in a 1-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium.
SofaScore gave the 24-year-old a high grade of 7.3 for his efforts – he won 11 out of 15 his ground duels in total (73%), made 5 tackles, two interceptions and one clearance, whilst he also completed three successful dribble attempts, registered 50 out of 55 successful passes at a pass accuracy rating of 91% and produced one key pass throughout the game. A look at his heatmap reveals a hub of activity across the middle of the pitch too, with a hotspot in the opposition half, which implies that he was a useful attacking threat as well.
FootballCritic seemed to agree as they awarded him with the third-highest rating out of the entire starting XI.
Once hailed as a “fantastic” beast by Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard, Kamara has been in such fine form for club and country in recent weeks. Per WhoScored, he has made three appearances in the Europa League so far this season, scoring once, whilst he is averaging 1.7 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game.
Rangers face a rather difficult run of fixtures after the international break as they will face Aberdeen FC and Benfica in quick succession so Gerrard should be feeling reassured that the Finland international doesn’t seem to have lost his touch.
Gerrard’s side are currently enjoying a 20-game unbeaten streak stretching back to the 1-0 win away at Aberdeen at the start of the season. If the Gers are to regain their title, it’s highly likely Kamara will have a part to play in the coming months ahead.