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Rangers Star Remains Focused Despite ‘Interest From Different Leagues’: Why Gerrard Must Keep Him

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In a recent interview with MTV Uutiset, Rangers star Glen Kamara has opened up on the persistent transfer speculation circling him during the summer window. The Finnish ace is yet to pen a new deal at Ibrox and has played it coy admitting interest from elsewhere.

“Discussions have taken place and are still ongoing. I can’t say much more about it. Let’s see what happens. I know there has been interest from different leagues but my focus has always been on Rangers. Mostly I thought that if something happens, then it will happen. But it didn’t happen.”

Told the 25-year-old former Arsenal academy prospect who revived his career in Scotland with Dundee. The Gers hit the jackpot when they secured his services for a minuscule £50,000 transfer fee.

Since joining the Bears back in winter 2019, Kamara played a huge role in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers revolution. He is now irreplaceable at the centre of the pitch and his vision, technicality and composure have been massive en route to conquering the Premiership crown after a decade-long agony.

His emergence, meanwhile, has not gone unnoticed as the clubs are keeping close tabs on the contract situation which is set to expire in summer 2023. The Athletic previously claimed that the Finland international is set to commit his future beyond the current term, whereas Gerrard revealed a ‘real, strong, good offer on the table’ for Kamara in his press conference more than a month back.

Rangers star Glen Kamara in action against Livingston
Livingston v Rangers – Scottish Premiership – Tony Macaroni Arena Rangers Glen Kamara left and Livingston s Nicky Devlin right battle for the ball during the Scottish Premiership match at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston. Picture date: Wednesday May 12, 2021. Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xJanexBarlowx 59728062

Why Rangers Must Keep Hold Of Kamara Despite Plenty Of Midfield Options

The Gers are well equipped in the middle of the park but have certain constraints altogether. They tied down three new midfielders this summer in the form of John Lundstram, Juninho Bacuna and Nnamdi Ofoborh, but the heart issue of the latter has cast doubts over his immediate availability.

Steven Davis is still going strong in his late thirties, but the club must find a long-term successor of the iconic Northern Irishman before it gets too late. Ryan Jack is there to occupy the deep-lying midfield role, however, his persistent injury problems remain a major concern for the Light Blues. Scott Arfield, 33, is not the same player he used to be a couple of years ago.

Joe Aribo reported late for his international duty amid the last gasp exit claim by Nigeria chief Gernot Rohr. The club can’t afford to lose all its prized assets together within a year but, at the same time, might have to make some tough calls in the coming days to overcome the ongoing financial challenge. Having said that, Rangers should try their level best to keep hold of Kamara fending off interest from fellow suitors.

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