Glasgow Rangers may have concerns over whether or not Ryan Kent will sign a new contract, but that doesn’t mean that the board should forget about Glen Kamara.
Kamara has been in scintillating form since the start of the season, having made 22 appearances in all competitions for the club so far, which has coincided with Rangers’ remarkable unbeaten streak.
However, the defensive midfielder is still of interest to Leeds United, whilst he has also been linked with Everton and Juventus, and Steven Gerrard has pleaded with the Rangers board to tie him down to a new deal at the earliest opportunity.
Speaking in the post-match press conference after the Light Blues beat Lech Poznan in the Europa League, Gerrard was effusive in his praise for Kamara after the win over Poznan, as he urged Ross Wilson to act quickly.
The Ibrox boss said:
“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.”
Kamara is currently under contract with the club until 2023 but his recent performances have surely warranted a new deal with ex-Ger Neil Murray recently describing him as an “excellent” colossus.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan believes it is the “perfect” time for the club to offer the midfielder a new contract.
It’s no secret Gerrard has wanted a box-to-box player who can add a genuine attacking threat in the midfield for some time, as the Gers signed Bongani Zungu from French Ligue 2 side Amiens on an initial loan deal with the option to buy before the close of play on transfer deadline day in the summer.
But Zungu arguably offered very little in his last outing, as he failed to register a single shot on target or record a single key pass in the entire game.
In comparison, the Finland international certainly has the capacity to offer an alternative threat in attack if he is allowed the freedom to roam further up the pitch.
Per WhoScored, in six appearances in the Europa League, Kamara has already scored once so far this season, whilst he is averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.2 dribbles per game, which shows that he can evolve into a true midfield all-rounder if he is given the chance to do so.
Whilst Kent has become an integral part of Gerrard’s side, Kamara’s importance in the Rangers engine room equally cannot be underestimated.
It’s safe to say that he has turned out to be a complete and utter bargain, especially when you consider the fact that the Bears signed the Arsenal academy graduate from Dundee for £50,000 on a four-year pre-contract deal. The same is true of Steven Davis, who adds an engine and an ability to unlock defences with layoffs.
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