Alfredo Morelos was the difference for Glasgow Rangers with his seventh league goal of the season sealing a 1-0 win away at Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership in what was a rather turgid affair.
Hibernian started the better of the two sides – Jackson Irvine squandered two chances whilst Morelos can perhaps count himself lucky he wasn’t sent off after his stamp on Ryan Porteous’ knee was missed by the referee in the first half.
But the Colombian made amends shortly after the break as he shrugged off his marker to open the scoring. Rangers remained relentless and Steven Gerrard will have every right to feel aggrieved after Morelos missed a simple tap-in following a well-worked move from Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo.
And whilst Aribo and Kent were instrumental in their Premiership victory over Hibernian, it was Glen Kamara who ran the show, though, just as he did during the first Old Firm derby of the season.
The Finland international has been in such fine form since the start of this season, and Gerrard himself has made no attempt to hide his admiration for Kamara’s abilities.
He said: “The previous coaches that have worked with Glen at Arsenal and when he’s moved on have done a fantastic job, he’s been schooled right.
“I think he fits into our system like a glove. He could’ve started today, without a shadow of a doubt, he’s certainly pushing. I thought he was very good when he [came] on.
“Over the course of the season, Glen Kamara’s going to get many appearances.”
Rangers were organised, defended well, and counter-attacked effectively as Kamara oozed class, retaining possession of the ball and dictating the tempo of the play – it led to Gerrard heaping praise on his midfield three.
Steven Gerrard praises his midfield three of Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara.
“They played like international players,” he said.
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) January 27, 2021
He received a high match rating of 8/10 by Glasgow Live’s Mark McDougall, who noted he was ‘the best player on the pitch with some tremendous play from the Finland midfielder. Showed his class throughout and is arguably underrated in this Rangers team.’
He also made more clearances (3) than Steven Davis and Ryan Jack, whilst he wasn’t dribbled past once, such was his level of dominance in the midfield, which allowed Rangers to establish a foothold in the game.
It’s perhaps hardly surprising that out of all of Gerrard’s wealth of options in the midfield, Kamara has made the most appearances this season, playing in 22 of the Gers’ 26 games in the Premiership and all six Europa League games.
With that in mind, it’s fair to say that the midfielder is becoming virtually undroppable for Gerrard, despite the competition for places.
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