Speaking to the Glasgow Times, former Finland boss Mixu Paatelainen has heaped praise on Rangers star Glen Kamara and says the ‘fantastic’ midfielder will only get better.

Kamara has made 35 appearances for club and country already this season and has been in superb form, excelling in Sunday’s Old Firm win at Parkhead.

Kamara is fouled by Odsonne Edouard during the Premiership clash against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

His impressive performance levels haven’t gone unnoticed, either, with multiple Premier League clubs including Arsenal, linked with transfer interest in recent days [Daily Mail].

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Encouragingly, Paatelainen, who gave Kamara his first international call, thinks he’s only going to get better.

“He has been brilliant for Finland and his technical ability and passing ability are crucial for the team and even though he doesn’t have masses of experience he is a very confident lad,” he told the Glasgow Times.

“He has been very good and he is very level-headed, that is how I would describe him. He has done well in his career so far and he can go on as well.”

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“He is still a young player so there are plenty of development years ahead for him. All things being equal, I can see him going on in the game and developing more and Steven Gerrard will have a part to play in that. Working with him is a fantastic opportunity.”

Mixu Paatelainen is the current manager of the Hong Kong national team. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Verdict

Considering Kamara is only 24 and has less than 100 senior league appearances under his belt, the level he’s currently performing at is remarkable.

Cool and collected when in possession, the former Arsenal Academy prospect glides through games in midfield, often using his body well to escape the attentions of opposition players.

He isn’t much of a threat going forward, having scored just twice so far in Light Blue, but he’s a highly effective distributor and a great shield for the back four.

He has a massive 2020 ahead of him, including the quest for major silverware with the Gers and the European Championships with his country, and Bears will be hoping he can step it up yet another gear following the winter break.

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