So far this season, Glen Kamara hasn’t looked quite the same player as the one the Gers pinched from Dundee midway through last season.
In early 2019, he churned out impressive display after impressive display, prompting Rangers fans to sing about his measly £50k transfer fee.
Even Steven Gerrard was blown away. After the Old Firm victory at Ibrox back in May, he was left near speechless by the ex-Arsenal academy star’s performance.
“Glen Kamara [extended pause], how we got him, I don’t know,” Gerrard admitted to RangersTV after that game.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 12, 2019
His contrasting standard of performance against Celtic last Sunday was perhaps the clearest indication of his recent drop off in form.
Where a few months back he strolled it, this time around, he struggled to get a foothold and was substituted at half-time.
He’s been in and out of the side since the arrival of Joe Aribo and momentum seems to have escaped him.
Rangers maestro Glen Kamara showing good form
Over recent days, though, there have been signs that the midfielder is getting back to his best.
Kamara starred in Finland’s 1-0 win over Greece on Thursday evening. He pulled the strings in midfield and it was his smart turn inside the opposition’s box which drew the foul for the decisive penalty.
On Sunday, he once again showed his quality. Against a talented Italian midfield unit, he more than held his own and earned significant praise from supporters.
He has managed to perform under pressure, against quality opposition, twice this week. Hopefully, that will ensure he comes back to Glasgow brimming with confidence and ready to kick on.
Competition for places is set to continue to be fierce, but with the Europa League group stages drawing ever nearer, the manager would love to be able to call upon the Kamara of old to provide a buffer in front of his back four.
Every player goes through a brief slump over the course of a season, but it’s now time for this midfield maestro to step up to the plate once more.