Not too long ago, reports from the Express as cited by the Scotsman, suggested that Rangers had put in a bid of £50,000 to sign Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara this month. The Finland international had already signed a pre-contract deal with the Bears to join in the summer but various rumours have been doing the round that Gerrard would try to pull off a move for him this month. However, in the latest press conference (Sky Sports), Gerrard indicated that the midfielder is set to join next season and the 24-year-old midfielder is set to stay at Dundee for the rest of the campaign,
When asked about any development on pre-contract deals Gerrard said, ‘’Where we sit right here, we assume that Glen and Jordan will join us next season.’’
The Dee boss Jim McIntyre had earlier given an indication that both the parties were working on a deal. He was quoted as saying (Sky Sports), ‘’ I think when a player signs a pre-contract nine times out of 10 he would rather move on – everybody is aware of that. Discussions are ongoing, we will see where it leads.”
One can understand why the Dee manager was looking to sell him in this window as they would have got some transfer fee instead of losing him for free in the summer. But it seems to us that the manager has decided to keep hold of his player until the end of the season instead of making a meagre £50,000 by letting him join Ibrox this month.
Rangers were under no pressure to get him as they had already signed him on a pre-contract deal. The Bears have enough depth in the midfield department so one could understand why they didn’t put in a higher bid to sign the midfielder this month.
Gerrard had already secured the services of Steven Davis from Southampton, and it wouldn’t have made sense to pay over the top for Kamara given the club has options like Scott Arfield, Ross McCrorie, Ryan Jack, Andy Halliday and Lassana Coulibaly in midfield.
Kamara is also in a similar mould as the current lot of midfielders that the Gers have. The former Arsenal player is strong and robust in his challenges and is predominantly a defensive-minded midfielder. However, he can even play in a box to box role when required.
With Gerrard giving the confirmation, one shouldn’t expect too much activity from Rangers in the last few hours of the transfer window. The club was smart and did its business early and now its time for them to showcase their worth on the pitch.