RangersTV pundit and former Ibrox winger Neil McCann reckons the signing of Nico Raskin needs to light a fire under Finnish international Glen Kamara.

The former Dundee manager worked with ex-Arsenal kid Kamara during his time at Dens Park and there are fewer bigger fans of the player than the former Gers star.

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But McCann pointed to his own battle with Danish attacker Peter Lovenkrands during his time at Ibrox as an example of how competition can drive a player on to the next level.

Rangers have just spent a reported £1.75m to bring in Nico Raskin from Standard Liege with the club no longer short in options in the middle of the park.

Neil McCann challenges Glen Kamara to stand up and be counted

Speaking with the pressure mounting on Glen Kamara, Neil McCann has challenged the 27-year-old to stand up and be counted as the competition heats up at Rangers.

McCann also made a subtle criticism of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who he believes was playing Kamara out of position.

“Rangers spent money on Raskin when they could have waited until the summer, so it shows how much they wanted him,” McCann told the Scottish Sun.

“When you are at Ibrox you have to believe in yourself, and prove you deserve a place in the team.

“When I was there I had a battle with Peter Lovenkrands to get a start on the flank under Alex McLeish. I was left out a few times and you either sulk, disappear and leave the club, or keep fighting and trust in yourself.

“You have to stand up and be counted and show you belong in the team. There is plenty of competition in the middle of the park now, and it is up to Glen to go in and show Mick what he has.

“Kamara is laid back and he is quite cool and calm about situations. He is beginning to recapture his top form under Mick.

“Giovanni played him in a completely different position. He used Kamara as a No 10 or as a second striker.

“I didn’t think it suited him, but Mick has dropped him back. He encourages him to get forward at the right time, but he is still in that deeper role.”

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey is set to lead two Rangers stars at international level.

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