Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton has called on the club to secure the services of midfielder Glen Kamara by tying him down to a new contract, amid reports of interest from several English suitors.
Earlier this month, The Scottish Sun reported that ‘Gers manager Steven Gerrard is making plans to present the 24-year-old with an improved deal at Ibrox, even though he is currently contracted to the club until 2023. That comes in the face of reported interest from Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace, according to The Scottish Sun.
Kamara, who was signed by Rangers from Dundee a year ago for a cut-price £50,000 (as per BBC), has been a regular in Gerrard’s side this season, with 29 appearances already in the current campaign, and Hutton thinks that the ‘Gers would put their minds at ease as well as the player’s by getting him to agree a contract extension at Ibrox.
He told Football Insider: “It gets you out of this January madness, if he was to sign a new deal soon, it takes away all the speculation. And he has done unbelievably well let’s be honest as coming from Dundee to become one of Steven Gerrard’s main midfielders…he’s been absolutely brilliant.
“So as well, from a business point of view, you tie him down long term and then in the summer, if these teams come calling again, the fee has to go up as he’s maybe got the three/four-year deal there. So it’ll be Rangers looking after themselves as well as the player, it’s a win-win for both.”
Hutton is right to call on his former club to try and persuade Kamara to sign a contract extension as soon as possible, given how instrumental a figure he has become in Gerrard’s team. He has been a regular starter in the Premiership, being in the first XI for 12 league matches this season, and was a near-constant presence in the Europa League group campaign, starting every match and playing for all but eight minutes.
He was one of the Light Blues’ standout performers as they advanced from their group to reach the last 32 of the competition. His passing success rate of 89.8% was the second highest in Gerrard’s squad, while only two Rangers players averaged more passes per game than his 47.3 (as per WhoScored). His match average of 1.2 interceptions was the third highest at Ibrox while he also managed 0.5 successful tackles per game (as per WhoScored), illustrating his importance at breaking up play as well as using the ball intelligently.
With so many clubs reportedly circling around Kamara with a view to a possible January transfer bid, it would be understandable if the 24-year-old were to feel a little unsettled at the Glasgow club. Therefore, as Hutton has said, Rangers could quell any potential unrest he may feel over his future by giving him what would be a well-merited new contract that should also allay any fears the club may have over losing him to an English suitor this month.
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