Rangers are preparing to face off against Brondby in a Europa League clash being labelled a must-win from the Ibrox camp – but they’ll need to achieve it without a key player.
Glen Kamara might’ve been awfully treated on his return to the Czech Republic – a nation whose footballing stock drops by the game due to racist fan behaviour – but whilst the crowd were snarling with undertones of racism the referee delivered a body blow.
The Finnish international was shamefully sent off for a second yellow card in a moment which any right-thinking official would go on to regret.
Not only did the midfielder do a walk of shame off the pitch in front of a jeering crowd of children who – depressingly – don’t understand why they’re all being told to rail on the player.
But replays showed that the decision was incredibly harsh and that in retrospect the midfielder really should’ve stayed on the pitch.
Rangers would go on to eventually lose the clash 1-0 – something which adds to the “must-win” nature of the Brondby game – but the hangover from the game isn’t just in the defeat or in the depressing reality of the very-real racism problem in Czech football.
Kamara’s absence – whilst tried to be span into a positive by Gerrard by way of giving the player a rest – is a major blow to the Ibrox side.
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Kamara is generally one of the first names on the teamsheet in European competition and his role in the club’s development on this stage should never be understated.
The midfielder’s absence during Champions League qualification – something brought on by Kamara’s reaction to be racially abused by a fellow professional – was one of the key reasons why the club were sent crashing by Malmo.
His absence from this match is an eerie flashback to Kamara’s absence against the Swedish Champions.
One of the Ibrox club’s key players and key assets, there is no doubt Rangers are a weaker team without him on the field.
Meanwhile, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has dropped a major selection hint ahead of Rangers’ Europa League clash with Brondby.