RANGERS legend Brian Laudrup insists Glen Kamara put in a Man-of-the-Match performance in his old club’s 2-0 triumph over Celtic at Parkhead.

The Finish international took a backseat with the headlines going the way of two-goal central defender Connor Goldson, but the former Danish superstar gave the plaudits to the midfielder.

Laudrup wrote in his Daily Mail column: “I thought Glen Kamara was the best player on the park in the Old Firm game. Just outstanding. He was crucial to the control Rangers had.

“That control left Celtic looking pretty clueless at points in their attempts to produce an attacking threat. Even in my own time in Scotland, I don’t think I can recall them looking as weak in a derby performance. That must be very worrying for boss Neil Lennon right now.

“But their failings and the players they had missing shouldn’t take anything away from the composure and professionalism shown by Gerrard’s team.”

The 51-year-old who joined Gers from Fiorentina in July 1994 and spent four years in Glasgow added: “I know Connor Goldson scored both goals and deserved a lot of praise, but Kamara was flawless in his role.

“If you didn’t know much about him and looked at stats in terms of goals and assists, you would wonder what the fuss was about. But football is much more complex than those basic numbers.

“Kamara’s decision-making sets him apart. It is exceptional when he is at his best. On Saturday, his footballing brain was in top gear to run beside his technical qualities.

“The most difficult thing in the game is to keep it simple. It’s a cliché, but true, nonetheless. Kamara’s patience on the ball, his movement into space and his pass selection were all top class.

“The fact Kamara only cost £50,000 from Dundee in January 2019 is always brought up. And, yes, it was daylight robbery. I’m sure Gerrard still can’t quite believe it.

“It’s very difficult to put a price tag on him now because I don’t think Rangers would really consider selling this season. Not from what Steven Gerrard has said.

“One thing is certain, though. Midfield players of his age, his ability, his work-rate and his vision will always be extremely attractive to very good clubs in England or in Europe. And they usually command big fees.

“Kamara’s value will only rise further if he continues to impress for Finland at Euro 2020 next summer.”

The former Dens Park star, who joined Gers before he came out of contract, dovetailed with Scott Arfield in the engine room where the Hoops failed to respond with Scott Brown and Callum McGregor often asked to take on defensive duties with the champions’ back-four looking vulnerable.

Arsenal were linked with Kamara last season before ex-Ibrox ace Mikel Arteta took over in the London club’s hot seat.


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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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