Former Rangers hero was absolutely bang on

Former Rangers hero was absolutely bang on
COWDENBEATH, SCOTLAND - JULY 02: Dundee manager Neil McCann looks on during the pre-season friendly between Cowdenbeath and Dundee at Central Park on July 2, 2018 in Cowdenbeath, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.

He said:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if an English Premier League team took him either. Put it this way, his next move is not going to be his last move. Wherever he goes now he’s going to make that club an awful lot of money. I’ve been there so I know what it takes to play at a club like Rangers. If it was to be Rangers or any of the other clubs that have been mentioned, Glen could play there easily.”

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.

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  1. McCann was spot on in his summing up of all things Rangers on RTV , and more recent on the Bent BC he totally gets how SG wants play . I think some teams are missing a trick not employing him as a manager .

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