McNamara reflected on Kamara’s time in Scottish football and at Rangers in particular and revealed why it would make sense for an English team to swoop for the Finnish international midfielder.
McNamara said of the potential move to an English club:
“He did well last season and it took him a little bit of time to settle back into this season but he’s definitely done well. He did well last week in the European game, he’s still at a young age.
“Scotland’s a cheap market compared to what they’d have to pay down south. It’s not much of a gamble to go and sign somebody in form as it is down there, where they’d have to fork out”.
The former Celtic captain makes a valid point, Kamara has proven he can perform in Old Firm games, the Europa League and at international level, Steven Gerrard frequently relies upon him in important games. Indeed, the former Arsenal trainee was praised for his performance away at Porto – who are top of their domestic league – recently.
Aston Villa have already enjoyed recent success in the Scottish market, securing John McGinn, who has subsequently been linked with Manchester United for £50m by the Sun following a string of outstanding performances.
Indeed, McNamara is right in that signing a player with Kamara’s CV from England would be considerably more than from Scotland but the tide is turning slightly, Celtic selling Kieran Tierney for £25m, Aberdeen refusing to sell Scott McKenna for £6m and Rangers reportedly looking for upwards of £20m for Alfredo Morelos gives an indication that Scottish clubs are refusing to be bullied by cash-rich English sides.
So, the idea that Scotland is a ‘cheap market’ is somewhat wide of the mark. Clearly, clubs above the border are seemingly haggling for more cash and, when you consider Kamara is less than a year into the four-and-a-half-year deal he penned upon arrival in January 2019, any English side are unlikely to get him on the cheap.
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