Former Rangers ace Neil Murray thinks Glen Kamara could be axed for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Standard Liege – despite the Finn’s masterclass in Saturday’s Old Firm win over Celtic.
Kamara was the best player on the pitch in the 2-0 win but Murray believes that the depth available to Gerrard means he could be benched for the trip to Belgium on Thursday night.
Murray, who also worked as a scout for Rangers, admits that Gerrard has a “big decision” to make over his selection on Thursday – but insists that changes won’t weaken the side any.
“Kamara was excellent at the weekend and he really is an intelligent footballer,” Murray told the Scottish Sun.
“He has so much ability on the ball, although if you don’t have that then you just won’t play in Gerrard’s midfield. We tend to forget how young he is and how much better he is going to get.
“Yet, as good as Kamara was at the weekend, Rangers still had Jack, Aribo and Hagi, who they paid a lot of money for, sitting on the bench. There are a lot of options in there at the moment and that is what you need when you are challenging on so many fronts.
“The manager has another big decision to make for the Liege game and you could see Kamara missing out if he switches it up. You hope that healthy competition, where no players are guaranteed to play in that midfield, keeps everyone on their toes.
“If one goes out and another comes in and it doesn’t change the quality, or the way the team plays. The midfielders are all of a similar high standard and that can only be a good thing for Rangers going forward if they stay fit.”
Kamara has really stepped his game up in the last few weeks and has become a much more influential player in the Gers’ attacks, replicating the role he plays for his national team to great success.
The return of Joe Aribo from injury will make Gerrard’s selection even tougher but it seems unlikely that the Nigerian will come straight back into the starting XI after missing a decent spell of action.
If Kamara does, somehow, miss out against Liege, whoever comes into the side will have to put in a helluva performance to come close to Kamara’s against Celtic at the weekend.