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GERRARD PRAISES ‘UNSUNG HERO’ KAMARA

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STEVEN GERRARD acknowledges top-flight English clubs are monitoring the form of Rangers’ unsung hero Glen Kamara.

Aston Villa, Southampton, Brighton and Crystal Palace have been linked with the Finnish international midfielder who cost a bargain £50,000 when he arrived from Dundee last January.

Kamara’s value has soared over the past 10 months and Ibrox boss Gerrard, speaking to the Scottish Sun, admitted: “Glen has settled in really well. He has been schooled really well, both on and off the pitch.

“He is a good-mannered boy who wants to learn and wants to work. He is in a fantastic place doing well for Finland, as well.

“You still sometimes have to pinch yourself to realise what we got him for and where he was at, with all due respect.

“He was outside of Dundee’s XI, wasn’t playing and was running down his contract. It’s very rare to take someone of his quality for what we got him for. We’re just delighted we’ve got him here for a long time.”

Asked his value now, Gerrard answered: “I don’t put numbers on my players. But we know he is getting watched now.

“We know that – and Glen can play at any level with the right players and style around him.

“The style we play is perfect for him, the system and the people around him. He is in a good place at a magnificent club.

“He’s gone from Arsenal to get playing and is back at a fantastic club. If he keeps posting performances like that, a lot more people are going to sit up and take notice.

“How do I know he’s being watched? Because I get a list of teams who are coming to our directors’ box!”

Kamara first came to the Liverpool legend’s attention 11 months ago when he put in an excellent performance in a 1-1 draw at Dens Park.

Gerrard added: “It was the first time we played Dundee. We analysed them and one thing stood out a lot — him.

“It was his technical ability, how he received the ball, the way he manipulated it.

“We kept an eye on him from that moment and watched him in a lot of other games.”

Kamara, 23, reproduced that form in the 2-0 Europa League Group G win over Porto at Ibrox and Thursday and he is likely to figure at Livingston in the Premiership tomorrow.

The Gers have already played Gary Holt’s men in West Lothian in this campaign when they won 1-0 to knock them out of the Betfred League Cup.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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