Rangers star Glen Kamara has answered those Sevilla exit links with a rare Ibrox goal as manager Michael Beale shuts down the notion the midfielder could leave in January.
The Finnish international midfielder, 27, is considered a key player at Ibrox and a substantial asset given he signed a contract extension until 2025 only last season.
But amid murmurs of discontent surrounding the midfielder, Glen Kamara has been linked to Sevilla over the weekend in a surprise potential loan-to-buy move.
Glen Kamara linked with Sevilla switch
Whilst the story hasn’t exactly been covered by the top brass of Spanish sports journalism, the claim appeared in Sevilla fan led publication Vamos mi Sevilla.
The report claimed that Glen Kamara was a potential alternative target to Lyon star Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who failed a medical with the La Liga outfit last week [L’Equipe].
It is reported that Rangers valued Glen Kamara around €7.5m (£6.5m) whilst there were some rumours online that the deal would see the Ibrox side rake in an initial €1.5m (£1.3m) with Sevilla having to pay €11.5m (£10m) at the end of the season.
These originated from the Twitter account of Chris Brikman, who claims to be a Spanish football journalist covering Sevilla for reputable fan outlet El Sevillista.
Beale shuts down Kamara exit talk
Speaking ahead of the club’s eventual 2-0 win over St Johnstone, Rangers boss Michael Beale appeared to pour cold water on talk of Glen Kamara heading to Sevilla this window.
Whilst the Rangers manager didn’t outright deny the claims, he insists the Finnish international is happy and claims no senior players will be leaving at things stand.
“Glen Kamara every week is looking like the Glen Kamara I know,” said Michael Beale [Rangers].
“No one has come to me unhappy.
“Where we stand here right now all the senior players will be staying.
“We have only really, until this week, had 18 players training.
“It was nice this week to get up to 20 and it is the first time I have had to leave one or two out of the squad, which is a good place for us to be in.
“I don’t think we have got that many numbers that we can be moving players on right now.”
Rangers star Glen Kamara would then respond to those Sevilla exit links by finding the back of the net against St Johnstone, with the midfielder scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win.
The Gers defeated the 10-man Saints to close the gap with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership to six points courtesy of goals from captain James Tavernier and the ex-Arsenal academy star.
The player then conducted a post-match interview with in-house media and insists that he’s focused on the job at hand with Rangers.
“I am happy that we scored at the time we did and happy with the victory,” said Glen Kamara [Rangers].
“We haven’t lost a game for a while now and hopefully we can carry that on.”
Meanwhile, as Rangers look at potential new contracts, the Joe Aribo situation at Southampton can serve as a warning to hesitant players.