Rangers are continuing their resurgence and are again showing that they mean business in the transfer window. Latest reports from the Evening Telegraph confirm that Rangers are close to agreeing on a pre-contract deal with former Arsenal midfielder Glen Kamara. The Finnish international has been a regular for Dundee and is the mainstay of their midfield since 2017.
However, the reports add that Dundee manager is keen to sell the midfielder in January as the 23-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and they would prefer cash over losing him for free in the summer. It remains to be seen whether the Bears would adhere to Dundee’s wishes as the reports do say that they are likely to secure a pre-contract deal where the midfielder would join the club in the summer.
The Gers have been linked with the former Arsenal midfielder before as well and quite a few clubs were reportedly interested in him (Daily Mail). This season, the midfielder has struggled slightly as the Dee boss Jim McIntyre has tried using him in a slightly advanced position which hasn’t suited the midfielder’s style.
The Bears started with a good set of midfielders at the beginning of the season, but Ovie Ejaria decided to cut short his loan spell and returned to Liverpool. Lassana Coulibaly has been out of his depth for quite some time now, and we don’t think Gerrard should look to pull off a permanent move for him in the summer until and unless there is a significant improvement.
Therefore, now we feel that the signing of Kamara can come in handy and the fact that it’s for free, is going to be another significant coup for Gerrard. Rangers should have enough legs and depth in midfield to see out the end of the season and so even if Dundee might push for a January move, Rangers should try to get the player in the summer only.
Steven Gerrard though can definitely do with a midfielder in January but we believe they should opt for a more attacking and creative one. Almost all of Rangers midfielders are in the similar mould as they are industrious and good at keeping the game moving. However, they have often failed to open up defences when the opposition sits back and sets up a defensive wall in front of them. In that case, a more creative and a midfielder who can make a difference in the final third can come in handy.
Kamara has been tried in that role at Dundee with limited success, and so he is not the answer to Rangers’ need of a creative midfielder but its a smart signing for the next season if the deal does materialise.