Tuesday, 24 September 2019

There's a secret you might not know about Glen Kamara...

Glen Kamara’s form this season has been an issue of some slight contention.

The Finnish international hasn’t quite scaled the heights for Rangers this term that he did during the split last campaign, and he’s been man enough to hold his hands up and admit his form hasn’t been as good as he would have liked, and that’s why he feels he’s been in and out of the team.

He’s absolutely right, and that ability to introspect and take responsibility shows matureness beyond his tender years.

However, his international performances have been markedly better, and he’s been impressing globally for his Scandinavian buddies in the Euros, and indeed for pretty much every cap he’s won.

But there’s a bit of a secret to this – Glen Kamara plays a notably different position for his country than he does for Rangers – rather than the initial defensive midfielder he was cast as for Steven Gerrard, before he moved forward a little into central midfield, for his nation Glen Kamara actually plays as an attacking midfielder, and how much of a coincidence can it be that his best displays recently have been for the Nordics?

Of course, this position is one Rangers have completely monopolised in the form of the outstanding Ryan Jack, so while Kamara may be blooming as a number 8 on the international stage, he may find his options to play there for Steven Gerrard a lot more limited.

Indeed, we saw for ourselves his qualities in that facet of the game against Celtic during the split – his ‘assist’ for Scott Arfield which saw him more or less take out the visitors’ midfield in one or two turns before elegantly sliding the ball forward perfectly showed the vision and quality Kamara has in that area, and it’s something his national side take perfect advantage of.

But for Rangers, Jack is the custodian of that slot, and aside the rotational opportunities Kamara might get there, we can’t see the Scottish international giving that place up easily.

It’s Gerrard’s call at the end of the day, but Kamara is arguably now a bit wasted in a more retreated role in midfield, where contrarily there’s no real vacancy in the slot he’d probably prefer.

Still, nice problem to have really…

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