Key absence for Rangers – what difference will it make?

Key absence for Rangers – what difference will it make?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Glen Kamara of Rangers looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Olympique Lyon at Ibrox Stadium on September 16, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The absence of Glen Kamara is going to be a keen area of interest for Rangers and our fans tonight.

Ibrox Noise regulars will know we’re no longer the biggest fans of the Fin, being well aware of his quality but disappointed he’s not shown it for his club in 2021 unlike how he did for his country in the summer.

We’re well aware he’s had a huge distraction in the racism row, but there’s surely little denying he’s not been at the best he can be, and his enforced absence from the XI this evening will be interesting.

Ibrox Noise’s Derek has done a fair bit of analysis on Kamara, noting his tendency to play deep, take no risks, make safe passes and work a lot less hard than he used to.

We want to know if Rangers’ midfield will benefit or suffer from the former Dundee man not being there tonight.

Will it be quicker? More cohesive? Will it be more aggressive? Will it press harder?

Kamara is a generally well-rated player by most fans who often strongly defend him in the face of any criticism, so tonight’s match v Brondby will be very enlightening.

Will our midfield suffer? Look disjointed? Be bypassed entirely?

Just how will it play tonight against continental opposition?

Of course, any difference in performance tonight cannot strictly be pinned on Kamara not being there, good or bad, because football is more complicated than the simple equation of adding in or removing one player.

Just like we lacked Kamara for both matches v Malmo and can’t deny we weren’t good enough but equally can’t say his absence contributed to that.

But nevertheless we’ll be intrigued to see how the middle of the park shapes up without the 25-year old in the lineup after how poor it was v the Swedes.

But this time John Lundstram is in far better form.

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