Rangers ended their Glasgow rivals’ period of dominance in Scottish football as they won the Premiership title in the 2020/21 campaign.
Steven Gerrard led his side to an unbeaten league season as his team amassed 102 points and finished 25 clear at the summit. The Gers won 32 of their 38 matches, drawing the remaining six, as they scored 92 goals and conceded only 13.
In order to achieve this spectacular campaign, Gerrard needed a number of top-quality players to consistently perform throughout the year and one of those was midfielder Glen Kamara, who has been a revelation since joining the club.
Upon his arrival from Dundee in January 2019, Transfermarkt valued the Finland international at an meagre £405,000. He went on to make 27 Premiership appearances in his first 18 months at Ibrox, with his value rising to £1.08m in the summer of 2020.
Neil McCann, his former manager at Dundee, once hailed the midfielder’s talents He said of Kamara: “He isn’t a big, physical lad but he’s made of iron and really strong. I knew immediately that he could handle the ball under pressure and not give it away, so he was perfect.
McCann added: “He’s a special talent. He’s lightning-quick but he doesn’t show it. He’s a player who takes instruction well.”
In the 2020/21 campaign, Kamara established himself as a regular at Ibrox and averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.99 as he featured in 33 of Rangers’ 38 games on their way to the title. He completed an eye-catching 91% of his passes over the course of the season, whilst making two tackles and interceptions per game and winning 59% of his duels.
At the time of writing, Transfermarkt value the midfielder at £5.4m. This is a 1,233% increase from his value at the start of his Rangers career in 2019 and highlights the masterclass that Gerrard has been able to pull off with Kamara.
His signing has proven to be a masterstroke from the 41-year-old, both in terms of identifying him as a target to come in and in terms of coaching him to improve along the way. The former Liverpool captain took the midfield beast from Dundee and gave him an opportunity to flourish in Glasgow after limiting his involvement initially, and the Finn’s soaring market value shows that he has handled the situation perfectly.
Kamara’s rising value is proof of his progression as a player, with his influence at Rangers increasing over the course of his two-and-a-half years at the club. Hopefully Gerrard will be able to continue overseeing development from the former Dundee man in the years to come.