Rangers and dropping points. It’s been an all too frequent occurrence lately, and their latest mishap has made Steven Gerrard’s task of clinching silverware this season all that harder.
They were held at St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon after Stevie May’s 80th-minute strike nabbed a point.
Callum Hendry had opened the scoring for the home side, but the Gers came from behind and looked likely to take a victory back to Ibrox.
It was the impact of super-substitute Florian Kamberi that swung the game in their favour, and fans have been lauding his display on social media.
He scored the equaliser with a sublime volley before turning provider, setting up Joe Aribo for Rangers’ second.
Here’s what fans have been saying…
Good for us. He is showing a desire and energy that was well needed in this match.
— Craig Moore (@CraigMoore_18) February 23, 2020
He’s got to start soon big man. Offers so much others aren’t.
— Heart & Hand (@ibroxrocks) February 23, 2020
Kamberi is a fantastic player, why Hibs loaned us him I'll never know.
— BroomloanSafeStanding (@SafeStandingBF3) February 23, 2020
Kamberi who’s on loan shows more fight and determination than most of own players. That itself is worrying but I’m glad he’s fighting for our club as he could easily just put in half a shift for being on loan.
— LewisMcinnes (@LewisM93_) February 23, 2020
Kamberi is different gravy man. He needs to be started. The energy he brings up top is something else
— Alexander Selkirk (@AlexSelkirk3rd) February 24, 2020
Kamberi outstanding. His movement, his pace , his decision making . Making a huge difference to our game. Superb
— Kenny (@kennylanglea) February 23, 2020
There were plenty of superlatives used to describe the 24-year-old’s performance, including “outstanding,” “fantastic” and “superb” while one supporter claimed he was “different gravy” as the energy he brings to the side is something else.
It has led to others suggesting that he should be starting every week, particularly in the Scottish Premiership as he’s already in line to replace the suspended Alfredo Morelos against Braga later this week.
Kamberi needs to be first on that team selection imo!
— 💙Shezzababy❤️ (@ShadyShezza) February 23, 2020
If Kamberi doesn’t start ahead of Kent or whoever else from now on then I don’t have a clue what Gerrard is thinking.
— Jay (@jayrfc89) February 23, 2020
Kamberi way better a player than I thought btw. He has to start at Tynecastle next week for me.
— Dave (@Nimsay1872) February 23, 2020
Kamberi seems to have the right attitude. We need players that will give all they have got for the @RangersFC cause. Start him please!
— London Blue Nose (@londonbluenose) February 24, 2020
Which is why fans have been comparing their two striking options – Jermaine Defoe still remains on the sidelines through injury.
One member of the Gers faithful believed the Swiss-born forward was “far superior” than Morelos while another believed he should definitely be starting ahead of him over the next few games.
Although, a further supporter took a different view and suggested that the Colombian would “prosper” playing alongside the 6 foot 4 Hibs loanee.
Kamberi is a far superior player to Morelos…offers so much more to the team
— Scott Maxwell (@scott_maxwell3) February 23, 2020
That’s the quality you get with Kamberi should have started today …. he has shown in his last two appearances he should be playing , Morelos will prosper playing with him .. composure in abundance
— Kings Park Rovers (@kingsparkrovers) February 23, 2020
Flo Kamberi should start ahead of Morelos for the next few league games
— JW_72 (@JwWatp) February 24, 2020
There were even glowing comparisons made – the first to former Rangers frontman Sone Aluko, who enjoyed a goal-laden one-year spell at Ibrox, scoring 12 times in 23 appearances; the best return of his career at any club, per Transfermarkt.
Another provided a throwback to Michael Mols, who won the league twice during his time at Rangers.
Florian Kamberi is clearly class. Which means everytime he does anything, we get the added bonus of fans of his former club asking why he didn’t always do it for them. Sone Aluko 2.0.
— Shutts (@Shuttsapalooza) February 23, 2020
Kamberi is the new Michael mols with those hips.
— . (@Beesh24240265) February 23, 2020
We’ll surely get another taste of Kamberi this week, and if he performs, then he’s surely in line for another shot under Gerrard going forward.
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