Born again Kamara thriving at Ibrox under Gio

Born again Kamara thriving at Ibrox under Gio
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Glen Kamara of Rangers is seen during the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Sparta Praha at Ibrox Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We at Ibrox Noise, along with vast swathes of the Rangers support, have been thoroughly enjoying the tactical masterclass new manager Gio van Bronckhorst has been giving our players as well as the lesson he’s been teaching our opponents, and one of the most significant beneficiaries of this acumen has been born-again Glen Kamara.

If ever a player benefited from a new coach, this guy is it. Gone is the laboured sideways passing, immobility, and all-round sloth, and in its place the £20M+ midfielder we believed we had a couple of seasons ago before the Fin lost his way.

Under Gerrard, Kamara looked lifeless. Disinterested, flat, uninspired, and taking absolutely no risks. In short, he wasn’t playing for the manager, because the manager appeared to have absolutely no plan for him. Kamara’s entire tactical approach under SG seemed to be ‘sit’ and ‘pass’. That was about it.

But under Gio? We’re seeing the world class talent which shone so brightly at the Euros now deliver that level for Rangers.

And the difference is simple:

Against Lyon, Kamara demonstrated the attacking prowess he has – he pulled off a brilliant forward run, dragged back, and laid it beautifully into the middle. This was a side of him we know he has, but it got stifled under Gerrrard. He’s played this position before for club and country, and done it well, but it got lost. And Gio’s letting that flourish.

But against Hearts it was a different story. Kamara played almost as a defender, sitting marginally in front of the backline effectively as a sweeper, in a position we’re not accustomed to seeing him in. But he was in cruise control playing that slot too, and of course there were reasons.

Against Lyon, the opponent was expected to dominate the ball, so Rangers wanted an extra attacking outlet, a surprise one the home side wouldn’t anticipate. Kamara was that ace. But against Hearts the home side was expected to counter a lot, and Gio wanted an extra man supporting the defence, covering for others. It worked beautifully.

What we’re seeing under GVB is tactical flexibility. The former system was just 4-3-3 and didn’t allow much in the way of versatility.

Now we see Kamara in attack, defence, and dominating the middle.

He’s just a completely different player and he’s enjoying quite simply the freedom and discipline of a system which plays to his strengths individually. As well as everyone else’s.

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  1. Kamara and others are playing some great football but is it for Gio or is it for Jan transfer window hoping for a ticket to pl via villa,we will see

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