Glen Kamara was Rangers hottest property in the summer, fresh from a successful domestic campaign as well as wing one of our key players in the Europa League, he then went on to star for Finland in the European Championships – it seemed as if it was impossible to keep a hold of him.
However, the transfer window shut and Kamara remained at Rangers despite the speculation on a weekly basis linking him with a move back to the Premier League, speculation that the player himself swept aside with the same ease that he would an opponent trying to get the ball off him.
Speaking to Football Insider, former Leeds United striker turned pundit, Noel Whelan, reckons that Steven Gerrard will be delighted to still have him available and that his response to transfer talk shows how committed he still is to the club when many would find it easy to down tools:
“These are the quotes you want to hear from your player.
“He’s obviously got great respect for the club, the manager and coaching staff.
“That’s exactly what you want from a player, someone who says – ‘that’s great, but I’m fully focused at the club I’m at.’
“Speculation is speculation, you’ll always get that with good, standout players in a league or at a club.
“These quotes will be music to the ears of Gerrard. He’s not getting overawed or excited, he knows he has a job to do and he’s getting on with it.
“He’s shown great professionalism and great respect.“
Whelan is right, Kamara is as professional off the pitch as he is composed on it, he will know that clubs have been sniffing about even if a formal offer was never made but he has never shown the slightest hint that his head has been turned – it’s no coincidence that our worst performances of the season have been with him missing from the starting XI.
We can’t hold onto players forever though, and one day, Kamara will leave but, as he has shown this season, we have nothing to worry about when it comes to his form or his attitude, regardless of who might be picking up the phone to Ross Wilson.