Glasgow Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara has been backed to become one of the most important players at Ibrox under the management of Michael Beale.
The Lowdown: Kamara struggling for starts
Famously signed for just £50,000 in 2019, the Finland international was a regular in the Light Blues’ team under Steven Gerrard, playing a prominent role in the Premiership title triumph of 2020/21 and starting 11 matches en route to the Europa League final the following yeara.
However, prior to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s sacking last month, the 27-year-old was struggling to get a look-in under the Dutchman, starting just three league games so far this term and only once in the Gers’ ill-fated Champions League campaign.
Indeed, it was recently reported that Serie A club Salernitana plan to try and sign Kamara in January, having been tracking him since the summer.
The Latest: Laudrup gives backing to Kamara
Now that Beale has replaced Van Bronckhorst in the Ibrox hot seat, though, Rangers legend Brian Laudrup believes that the Finnish midfielder could become a “trusted” figure under the new regime.
The 53-year-old wrote in his Daily Mail column [via Daily Record]: “Look, in particular, at what Beale said about Glen Kamara. ‘He will be a big player going forward.’ It’s a simple statement.
“But, to me, one clearly designed to make Kamara feel he is important again. Because that had been lost in recent times. The midfielder comes across as a quiet, mild-mannered person. Not one with a huge ego. Everyone needs reassurance, though, and Kamara plainly wasn’t a key man towards the end of Van Bronckhorst’s reign.
“Now, however, Beale is trying to build him up. He is showing he has faith but will expect that to be rewarded with performances on the park. And quickly. Perhaps better than anyone, Beale knows what Kamara can offer.
“He is only 27 and has a contract until 2025. A player of his talent can’t just drift away from being an effective part of Rangers. Instead, he should be someone capable of delivering a big fee in the future. It looks like he’s going to be one of those trusted to put Beale’s vision into practice.”
The Verdict: Clean slate for Kamara
When looking at WhoScored metrics, it’s clear to see that Kamara has been on a downward trajectory so far this season, with an average rating of just 6.09 compared to 6.96 last term and 6.90 in 2020/21.
Had Van Bronckhorst been retained and Kamara continued to struggle for starts, there seemed every chance that the 27-year-old may have decided that a move away from Ibrox was due.
However, looking at what Laudrup has said about Beale’s apparent trust in the player, the managerial change could offer the midfielder a clean slate in Glasgow.
Hopefully Kamara will get his fair share of opportunities under the new boss and get back to the form that he showed in the 2020/21 Premiership triumph and last season’s memorable Europa League run.