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Derby County writer Tom Thorogood has praised Rangers’ bargain buy Glen Kamara after his display in the recent friendly between the two sides.
Thorogood has had his say on the once-Derby target after the Finland international was part of Steven Gerrard’s side’s 1-0 win over the English Championship team.
The midfielder had been a target for Frank Lampard’s side last December, according to The Daily Mail, but the Gers pipped them to his signature.
Having originally been brought in on a pre-contract, Gerrard moved quickly to get him to the club immediately and paid £50,000, per The Courier, to accelerate his departure from Dundee in January. Thorogood thinks that was a bargain for the former Arsenal youngster.
The Derby County News writer stated: “Rangers 1-0 Derby: Best player on the pitch today was Glen Kamara. Derby passed up the chance to sign him for a mere £50k last January. He must now be worth 100x that at least. Cracking midfielder and in an area Derby are short on quality.”
Kamara proved an instant hit at Ibrox with some dominant displays, leading fans to gush over his Old Firm performance in May. The 23-year-old nailed down a starting berth at the club last season after arriving for the nominal fee.
The midfielder was a staple of the team as he played 17 times for Gerrard’s men in the second half of the season. Arriving for such a small fee and from a struggling Dundee side, who were ultimately relegated after losing Kamara, expectations were probably relatively low on arrival, but he proved any doubters wrong very quickly.
The value for money the club has already got from the deal is impressive as he helped them secure second spot in the Premiership and a European qualifying spot, all for just £50k.
Yet, with Thorogood’s statement that he’s now worth 100 times what the Light Blues paid for him, it could be en even more lucrative deal than first imagined.
Going by the journalist’s calculation, Rangers could have a £5m player on their hands, and as much as fans would of course hate to see the gifted midfielder leave, if he ever does depart Ibrox they can rest assured knowing the club will make a hefty profit.
Thorogood’s review must be music to the ears of Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen.