As Rangers dumped Celtic 2-0 on their own patch, it’s been said the Ibrox club barely got out of third gear.

Whilst Steven Gerrard’s side deserve credit for a tactically disciplined display which left no-one in any doubts about the club’s intentions this season, it very much felt like there was a couple of gears to go up.

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Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara was a stand-out v Celtic and is emerging as a stand-out in the division. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

But whilst the likes of Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Borna Barisic all took a bit of a back seat in this one, there was one player who stood out in what was a subdued version of the Old Firm derby against Celtic.

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Glen Kamara has – like much of this Rangers team – taken his game to a new level this season.

For club and country Kamara has proven an immensely reliable figure who has the maturity, discipline, intelligence and ability to control games from midfield.

This is a player who can be trusted with the ball in tight spaces, someone who has a massive engine and someone who appears to be the lynchpin of the structured, regimented performances we’ve come to expect from Rangers.

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Almost universally trusted in the club’s biggest matches, those parts of Kamara’s game have mostly been supplemented with playing it safe and perhaps a lack of adventure.

 

Whilst Kamara has had poor performances, the biggest gripe that could perhaps be leveraged towards him is a tendency to let games drift him by or not exert enough influence on them.

A steady 7 whilst not quite breaking into his own and making game-changing decisions.

But that’s where Glen Kamara has evolved this season; whereas once he might have tried to wiggle his way out a situation by going back the way, he’s now looking for space further up the pitch.

Whereas once he would look to play it safe, now he’ll try a momentum shifting reverse pass.

There’s a confidence in the player’s game which is coinciding with a rapid development as both a footballer and a professional.

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Kamara, 24, has also emerged as a key player in the Finnish national team. (Photo by JUSSI NUKARI/LEHTIKUVA/AFP via Getty Images)

Whilst there’s still room to grow – more long-range shots, goals and direct assists would make him a more well-rounded player – there can be no denying the improvement.

On his current trajectory Kamara isn’t just emerging as one of the best midfielders in the Rangers team; he’s emerging as amongst the best in Scottish football.

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