Former Finland boss Mixu Paatelainen has praised Rangers star Glen Kamara’s development since first running the rule over the midfield talisman – and thinks the way that he’s adapted to a more attacking role at Ibrox shows jst how important the former Dundee ace can be for the Light Blues.
Kamara was in and out of the side over the last six months before injuries saw the Finnish international deployed as a number ten by Gio van Bronckhorst in Rangers’ run to the Europa League final in Seville last month.
Mixu has kept a close eye on Kamara during the recent internationals as Finland kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign and was left full of praise for the Rangers star as he showed how much he’s improved over the last year.
“I think Glen’s done really well, especially later on in the European matches,” Paatelainen said [Daily Record].
“But he’s also been a sub quite a lot this season compared to last season. Obviously Gio has wanted to take a look at other players in his position like Lundstram and Ryan Jack.
“But from what I’ve seen lately in his appearances for Finland this month, Glen has been instrumental for the national team.
“I watched the Nations League game against Montenegro last week and he played well in a more attacking role. He was operating higher up the pitch, giving passes to the strikers and slotting them in behind the lines.
“He’s certainly matured over the season and he’s passing forward more often. That’s something I’ve always wanted to see from him.
“Previously, Glen has always been a midfielder whose main focus seems to have about keeping possession, going sideways of backwards with his passing. But now for Finland and in some of the big European games for Rangers, where he played in a No.10 role, he did much better in passing forward and creating chances.
“Getting that goal against Leipzig in the semi-final at Ibrox was great to see too because that’s what he is capable of.
“He’s definitely developed in that respect.
“I’m sure Gio has spoken to him and have that more attacking bow in his armoury.
“The same applies with the Finland team. He’s got a licence to go higher now and use his technique in the areas where it can hurt opponents. It’s nothing abnormal that a player will have a little dip or finds himself not featuring in the starting line-up so often. That’s the way it goes sometimes.
“Gio decided to go with some other players and it certainly worked for Rangers early on in Europe.
“But he’s come back in and showed how important he can be.”
Glen Kamara could be vital as number 10 for Rangers next season
With Ianis Hagi likely to miss the start of the season and serious question marks over the future of Joe Aribo, Kamara could have a key role to play for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side.
The duo of John Lundstram and Ryan Jack have cemented themselves as van Bronckhorst’s first-pick pairing in the middle of the park and Kamara has had to adapt to get game time.
If he can continue his progression as a number 10, Kamara could well force his way into a regular start in a more attacking role as the Gers look to wrestle the title back from Old Firm rivals Celtic.