While Alfredo Morelos’ future at Ibrox remains up in the air, Glasgow Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson must do everything in his power to stop Glen Kamara from leaving the club when the transfer market opens in January.
However, this hasn’t stopped Leeds United from retaining an interest in the defensive-minded midfielder, with top European clubs including Monaco, Lille and Borussia Dortmund also interested in signing him in the winter transfer window.
Ever since he first arrived at the Govan-based Glaswegian giants, Kamara has established himself as an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s side, having made 80 appearances for the Gers, providing three goals and three assists across all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
Morelos may be Gerrard’s trusted man for the big occasion, but he finds himself in a spot of bother after his latest charge for violent conduct, while the 25-year-old has become an important piece of the jigsaw puzzle to form the engine room in the midfield.
The Finnish midfielder has been in such fine form since the start of the season, as he has scored one goal in six games in the Europa League, while he is averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.2 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
It’s no surprise, then, that Gerrard made an impassioned plea to the club chiefs after Rangers beat Lech Poznan to reach the Europa League knockout stages as Group D winners, saying:
“I thought Glen Kamara again showed why everybody is talking about him and there’s a lot of fuss about him.
“I thought he was outstanding from start to finish and my advice to the club is to move that situation along as quickly as they can.”
Former Celtic and St Mirren striker Frankie McAvennie believes the board will heed Gerrard’s warning and offer Kamara a contract extension.
He told Football Insider:
“If Steven Gerrard wants him to get him tied down to a new deal then why would you not? I think the board will listen to him.”
“Kamara cost just £50,000 as well. The recruitment at Rangers has been great in recent years and he is an example of that.”
Kamara has become such an important part of the squad in recent months, and even if he does depart in a couple of weeks, he will always be fondly remembered for scoring against his former club Dundee at the start of the year.
But it’s fair to say that they would be foolish to let him go, which is precisely why Ross Wilson must wrap up a deal for the midfield dynamo, who earns around £6,200-per-week.
While Gerrard can call upon the services of Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Bongani Zungu to form his midfield three, it would be a huge blunder by the board if they were to let him leave halfway through the season, especially with so much still at stake in the Premiership.