Former Glasgow Rangers manager Alex McLeish has dismissed the possibility of Glen Kamara leaving Ibrox this summer.
The lowdown: Kamara in demand
Having played his part in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Scottish Cup-winning side last season and in the Premiership title-winning campaign in 2020/21, the 26-year-old has become hot property in Glasgow.
A recent report from the Daily Mail claimed that Turkish giants Galatasaray are the latest club to show an interest in signing the experienced Finland international.
That came after transfer expert Graeme Bailey revealed that Brighton and Hove Albion had also been keen on acquiring Kamara’s services earlier in the summer, leading to one former Ibrox boss having his say on the midfielder’s future with the Light Blues.
The latest: McLeish makes Kamara plea
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish claimed that the Glasgow giants were no longer in a position where they needed to sell their prized assets such as the 46-cap star and has urged sporting director Ross Wilson not to blindly cash in on Kamara.
The ex-Gers manager said: “There are a lot of people out there who are still very instrumental and are putting money into Rangers.
“I have a few friends who are doing that. They are a very attractive proposition for wealthy fans, Rangers will always make money.
“These bits of business are really good. The Bassey one is a cracker. Chelsea have done that with their academy, bringing boys through and selling them. They have made a fortune doing that.
“Rangers, being in Scotland, they have to think among those lines as well.”
The verdict: Fingers crossed
Having lost one influential star in the shape of Calvin Bassey, who completed his move to Ajax this week, Van Bronckhorst cannot afford to lose many more of his most important players so close to the 2022/23 campaign.
Once dubbed a ‘Rolls Royce of a player’ by former Light Blues manager Steven Gerrard, the ex-Arsenal prospect – who was brought to Ibrox from Dundee – has amassed 158 appearances for Rangers and has become somewhat of a stalwart within the club in his three years.
Last season, Kamara scored four times and provided five assists in 52 appearances across all competitions, but his true value to the team is reflected in his underlying statistics. Whilst earning a stellar 7.01 Sofascore rating, he won 3.9 duels, played 1.3 key passes and averaged a 91% passing accuracy per Premiership outing.
With the 26-year-old valued at £6.75m and under contract at Ibrox until 2025 (Transfermarkt), given McLeish’s positivity around the finances and the Gers’ apparent position of strength, it would surely take an extraordinary offer in order for Wilson and co to even contemplate cashing in on Kamara at this juncture.
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