In what can only be described as ‘clueless’ Giovanni van Bronckhorst not only started Glen Kamara yesterday, but removed him at half time because it wasn’t working.
Asked about this, the Rangers boss could only say:
If ever a statement summed up everything that’s wrong at Ibrox right now, this is it – it’s well-known Kamara is done at Ibrox – he’s completely lost his place and his interest, and is barely putting in much of a shift at all any more. He seeks a move out and remains absolutely devastated the switch to Nice fell through.
He’s wanted out for a long time, particularly emphasised since his two mates Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey got their big moves to pastures new earlier in the summer.
So starting him now is a completely empty jersey – Kamara is holding onto hope that established interests in him come back in in January and Rangers accept whatever bid arrives for him, getting his move out early next year. Because he’s done with Rangers and wants a fresh challenge.
Therefore starting him in matches is already down a man – he isn’t going to put in the graft needed and is mainly trying to avoid injury.
So, basically you started a player who absolutely wants gone, were surprised when he was absolutely terrible, and you absolutely changed that at half time for a player who would actually move a few metres. Absolutely splendid.
Gio, in starting Kamara, almost looked like football suicide – a player who will clearly give barely 30% out there, and the manager decided to start him.
Now, there’s an argument from a few that ‘who else could he start’. Ibrox Noise are well-documented in confirming Steven Davis and John Lundstram cannot partner, something the boss took one year to learn, so we’re not advocating that. But Ryan Jack was fit, and he could easily have started, rather than coming on cold as a sub to partner James Sands as it ended up being.
Kamara is done at Ibrox – decent guy, but as he did at Dundee, has 100% downed tools and wants to move on.
He cannot start again. Just another Gio quirk we’re having to live with at the moment.