Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has lauded Glen Kamara for his classy showing in the 4-1 Premiership win over Dundee United on Sunday and shared why he’s a little bit “upset” with Ryan Jack [RangersTV].
Kamara was left out of the starting XI in one of four changes made by the manager following Thursday night’s Europa League Round of 32 first-leg clash against Royal Antwerp in Belgium.
He didn’t have long to wait before being introduced, though, with Ryan Jack heading off injured just over halfway through the first period.
The Finland international slotted seamlessly into the game, showing his usual prowess in possession and ability to sense danger out of it.
“Glen Kamara came onto the pitch and looked top class again,” said Gerrard after the match [RangersTV]. “I wanted to save Glen for Thursday night to keep him fresh because it’ll be a big game for us and obviously give Jacko the start because he was offloaded through the week.”
“But, Glen was outstanding. He made us play more and he was a big factor in getting to 4-0 because he gave us a bit of class and style when he came on.”
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The Gers manager also provided an update on Jack’s issue, which he hopes is just a muscle tweak.
“Hopefully we’ve got to the injury before it becomes an injury,” said Gerrard. “He’s felt some tightness in his calf early in the game. He hasn’t felt anything tear which is good but we’re going to have to scan it and see what it is.”
“He first felt it after ten minutes so I’m a little bit upset that he hasn’t reported it after ten minutes and he’s played on for a little bit longer, so we’ll have to scan it and see what the damage is. Fingers crossed he’s not out because he’s so important to us.”
It’s clear from Gerrard comments here that Kamara will return to the starting XI for Thursday’s second-leg clash against Royal Antwerp at Ibrox and that’s no surprise given that he’s only missed 16 minutes of Rangers’ European campaign to date.
It seems much less likely that Jack will be involved in the game, though, even if his injury isn’t overly serious.
His absence would leave the Gers boss relatively short of options in the middle of the park, given that Bongani Zungu will be unavailable following his breach of Covid regulations.
Here are our Player Ratings from Sunday’s win over the Terrors.