Rangers man Glen Kamara played a starring role for Finland as the Scandinavian country went on to dump the Republic of Ireland and new Celtic signing Shane Duffy in Dublin.
The talented Gers man dominated a lacklustre Irish midfield and helped the Finns to a 1-0 win over a side new £2m Celtic loan signing Duffy actually captained.
Finnish international Fredrik Jensen scored the only goal 18 seconds after coming off the Finnish bench in what was new Ireland manager Stephen Kenny’s first home game in charge.
Jensen peeled away at the back post to provide a neat first touch finish from a Robert Taylor cross which was fired across the face of goal.
It was Finland’s first win of the UEFA Nations League campaign following a 1-0 defeat to Wales last week with the Republic previously forcing a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.
Kamara plays a much more possession heavy role with his national side and is considered a bit more an offensive outlet than what he is at Rangers.
His performances for Finland have previously earned him the praise of countryman and fellow Ranger Jonatan Johansson, who earned 106 caps for his country.
“I was at the game on Saturday [v Bosnia in June 2019] because I was fortunate enough to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Johansson [Herald].
“I was able to see Glen live and he was very, very good with the ball and you could see that he is very comfortable on it and he always wants it.
“He is still a young player, but he has grown to be a main midfielder, a main passer of the ball in midfield.
“He is one of those players that can go deep, pick the ball up and pass and also go and join in attacks and be dangerous in and around the box.
“He is a very good midfielder and he has been one of the main players for Finland in the success we had in the Nations League and now in the European Championship qualifiers.
“He has been really influential and impressive and the fans really enjoy him as well, which is great.”
Ever the composed presence on the ball, he is one of the leading lights of this talented Finland side and one of the main reasons why the nation made Euro 2020.
This is the first international tournament in the country’s history and Kamara will play a pivotal role as the Scandinavians try and make an impression on the European stage.