It didn’t work out too well for Neil McCann in management, just the one gig at Dens Park and it lasted around a year and a half before he got sacked – a win % of around 33%.
But the one thing that always stands out about McCann’s time there is what he said about his midfielder Glen Kamara when clubs were looking at him.
There is absolutely no doubt McCann knew exactly what he was talking about.
Kamara has taken a year or two to truly win Rangers fans over universally, with previous doubts about his abilities.
For the record, Ibrox Noise always knew of his quality, but we were fed up with his lack of concentration and laziness – his haphazard giving of the ball away. There was never any doubt about how good he was when he was focused.
This season the Finnish international has shed almost all the frailties in his game, and his strengths have only grown, and McCann’s words look even more accurate now.
Kamara was always technically gifted, and strong, but he sometimes lacked focus, and his concessions of the ball often led to big chances for opponents.
He just doesn’t do that now.
And his former manager knew it, knew just how good Kamara was.
He’s right – the kid has the game to rise to the top. He can easily play in the Premier League, and we’re not talking about Palace, Fulham or Burnley – we’re meaning pretty much any side in that division. After all, would we have envisaged N’Golo Kante going from relegation fodder Leicester to title winner then Chelsea and world cup winner?
The talent is there with Kamara, and Stevie is absolutely right to state he’s unsellable. Sadly that status probably won’t last forever when a big enough bid comes in eventually, but for now he’s ours and he’s happy.
Hopefully we can keep him that way.