Former Rangers coach, Jonatan Johansson, has spoken to the Glasgow Evening Times about Glen Kamara.
Johansson was assistant manager to Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox, a role he has also performed for the Finnish national team.
Most recently, he managed Morton, in the Scottish Championship. However, he left the Ton just hours before their final fixture of the season [BBC Sport].
The 43-year-old also recommended Alfredo Morelos to Rangers, after seeing him star for HJK Helsinki. While, contrastingly, he had nothing to do with the January signing of Kamara, he’s been very impressed with the midfielder.
“I was able to see Glen live [on Saturday against Bosnia and Herzegovina] 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 told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“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.”
“There is no doubt that it was a bit of shrewd business from Rangers getting him from Dundee and I think his time there was really valuable for him. He got first team football, got used to the physical side of it, and I am obviously really pleased with how he has started at Rangers. He has got a place in the starting line-up early, and deservedly so.”
With 106 caps for his country, Johansson is well qualified to talk about all things Finland. He also spent time at Rangers both as a player and as a coach, so he knows all about the challenges facing Kamara.
His demeanour is that of someone playing in a local park rather than in front of 50,000 at Ibrox. Rangers fans took to him immediately and his £50k transfer fee [Evening Times] has proven farcically low.
Johansson isn’t the first and won’t be the last to praise the midfielder for his exploits. Let’s just hope the club can keep him away from the bright lights of the Premier League for the foreseeable future.