Glen Kamara’s potential signing at Rangers will no doubt have caused a lot of eyebrows to raise.
Yet, that’s exactly what the latest speculation in the crazy world of Scottish football has been pointing to. The Dundee midfielder – the same Dundee sitting bottom of the league with just one win – is on many clubs’ radar.
Celtic, Derby County, and Wolves to name a few are interested in luring the former Arsenal midfielder to their clubs. Rangers, however, are also right at the front of that queue of interested suitors.
Yet there are plenty of Rangers players still contracted to the club who’ll be very worried if he signs. Here, we name them and explain why:
Graham Dorrans is only just back from a long-term injury that’s plagued the start of his season. He will have been hoping for a renaissance similar to that of Andy Halliday.
Yet, if Kamara signs on at Ibrox, Dorrans is one of the first who’ll be giving out a big gulp. The Rangers fringe-man hasn’t done anything to impress Steven Gerrard greatly this season. Outwith a cameo role against Villarreal and a start against Ayr, he hasn’t featured much more often.
Kamara’s arrival wouldn’t push the likes of Lassana Coulibaly, Ovie Ejaria, or Scott Arfield down the pecking order. It could, however, push Dorrans a little bit further than he already is.
This would be unthinkable for the current Gers midfielder. He’s already failed to impress more than most, and is probably one spot in the pecking order above finding a new club. If this move goes through, Dorrans should start to get a little worried about his prospects at Gerrard’s Rangers.
Many people will feel that, due to Greg Docherty’s age, he has plenty of time to break through.
In a sense, that’s true. But if Kamara comes in during a campaign where Docherty has been pushed out on loan, it certainly doesn’t help his chances. Rangers are already spoiled for choice in midfield this season. Adding Kamara to the mix will only push back those still out on loan.
Docherty has plans to come back in the summer and fight for his place. If Kamara arrives, however, he better hope that Coulibaly or Ejaria don’t sign permanently. Gerrard will no doubt want to trim the fat in his squad next summer. If Docherty isn’t contributing, then he’ll be going out most likely for another loan spell.
There’s no reason the former Hamilton midfielder won’t come good at Ibrox. He’s a boyhood Ger and at a really young age. The idea is, however, that he arrives in the summer and fights for his spot. Should another midfielder be added, that will become a lot more trickier.
A lot of Rangers supporters will assume that Jason Holt is already pretty much out the door. Even I think that myself.
Yet, if there is any glimmer of hope for him to try and force his way into Gerrard’s plans, another midfielder will end it. Holt is performing at a level where Gerrard shouldn’t really bat much of an eyelid if he performs well. League One in England is a fairly solid division, but not of the class Rangers want in their side.
As it stands, Holt is performing fairly well. He’s one of the better players in the Fleetwood team, and a constant under Joey Barton. But, in truth, that’s not particularly saying a lot.
He’s already the furthest back in the pecking order of central midfielders outside of Carlos Pena. Should Kamara arrive at Ibrox and make an early impression, Holt will be out the door permanently.
Holt’s deal runs out in the summer of 2020. That means when he returns, he’ll have just one year left. It would take an extremely brave man to bet that he’ll have a future beyond that year at Ibrox, particularly if Kamara signs.