In the shape of Kittilä, Finland is home to one of the largest gold producing mines in Europe.
And if you were looking on the pitch at Ibrox recently you’d be forgiven for thinking Rangers have chipped off a small chunk of it.
Finnish international Glen Kamara oozes with all the class of a 24-carat gold ring, whilst also appearing, in the short term at least, to have the notorious durability of the element. And what’s more, he’ll be worth his weight in the stuff soon too.
It helps him settle and means we’ll likely see the best of him next year. An exciting prospect given how well he’s played over his first two months.
A graceful footballer
He is a galloping, graceful player with composure and foresight. You really feel you can trust Kamara with the ball. He’s physical when he must be and marauds around the pitch with visions of Patrick Viera or Yaya Toure. Neil McCann agrees [originally Daily Record].
The former Rangers player and Kamara’s former manager at Dundee is arguably the player’s biggest fan. He’s convinced he’s got star quality and can go all the way in the game.
McCann told Rangers TV that “you’ll not move” Kamara once he’s in the team, adding that he’s a “talented, talented footballer.”
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He is a welcome, elegant and stylish and addition to a traditionally industrious midfield. A player for which Rangers fans hold out great hope. Someone who the club can genuinely look to grow as an asset.
Whilst it’s no suggestion Kamara is quite of that ilk (yet at least), he’s certainly got potential. He’s still only 23 and has yet to completely settle at a club.
Adding a few more goals to his game might just make him a more complete midfielder. He’s already got one in a Rangers shirt – against former side Dundee. Amazingly, this is the only goal in his career.
But this is a player who didn’t look out of place against the likes of Jorginho and Marco Veratti in Finland’s recent 2-0 defeat to Italy.
Rangers didn’t strike lucky when they got Glen Kamara for a knockdown price, they struck pure, raw Finnish gold. And it’s increasing in value by the game.