Glasgow Rangers return to Europa League action after cruising to a comfortable win over Ross County in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend when they take on Lech Poznan in Poland on Thursday night.
Rangers have been in such fine form since the start of the season as they remain unbeaten across all competitions, although they will be aware that their actions have consequences, as their performances this season have led to interest in some of their star men, with the winter transfer market set to open in under a month’s time.
George Edmundson, Jordan Jones and Nathan Patterson are currently self-isolating for various reasons, but there’s no doubt that any moves for their best players would be a much more significant dent to their title-winning ambitions than a couple of short-term absentees.
Reports in recent times revealed that Benfica are keeping tabs on Glen Kamara, amid interest from Crystal Palace, Everton, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Southampton, whilst former Rangers chairman Dave King has claimed that it is essential that the 54-time Scottish champions sell their key players to cover the costs of the pandemic.
The Gers signed Kamara from Dundee FC on a four-year pre-contract deal in 2019, which means that they could, in theory, make a tidy profit if they cash in on the Finnish central midfielder in January, as his market value is estimated at £1.08m, via Transfermarkt.
However, that’s a move that sporting director and board member Ross Wilson must avoid at all costs.
The Ibrox boss made no secret of his desire to sign another central midfielder in the summer, but the Finland international has cemented his place in the starting line-up, and for very good reason.
Per WhoScored, the 25-year-old has scored one goal in five games in the Europa League, meaning he has been a useful attacking threat, whilst he is averaging 2 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game.
Gerrard could call upon any number of combinations in his absence, as there’s plenty of options in the midfield, including Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Bongani Zungu, but given the fact that he has started every single game in the European competition thus far, it just goes to show just how much Gerrard trusts him to get the job done.
Currently, the Gers are on course to regain the title for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign based on their performances so far this season. Once hailed as an “excellent” colossus by former Rangers star Neil Murray, Kamara has played a key part in their recent success and it’s fair to say that he is simply irreplaceable, regardless of the financial rewards.