There was a time when Glen Kamara would be one of the first names on the Rangers team sheet, that time has long gone. On a night where Michael Beale named a lineup some deemed as ‘nostalgic’ the departing players weren’t the main talking point.
Many fans on social media were surprised at the inclusion of Kamara in the lineup as he hadn’t started a game in three months. He became the main talking point in the first half as he seemed miles off of the pace. Not even that, it genuinely looked like he didn’t care.
He moved around the pitch nonchalantly and went into tackles half heartedly. This version of the Finnish international is a far departure of the one capable of dominating European ties. The version that currently plays for Rangers is timid and lazy and if he had a look on Twitter last night he definitely wouldn’t be please with what was being said.
This is a player who was linked to moves of over £10m just a year or two ago. Rangers would now be very lucky to get even half of that. The performance last night made it clear his time at the club should be up. He hasn’t hit the levels he’s capable of this season and fans don’t want players around who don’t give their all for the badge.
Maybe he just needs a fresh start the same way Todd Cantwell did, it would be wise of the club to let him have that.
On another note, Rangers said an emotional farewell to five players at Ibrox last night. Allan McGregor, Scott Arfield and Alfredo Morelos all played at Ibrox for the final time. They were joined on the pitch at full time by Ryan Kent and Filip Helander who are also departing upon the expiry of their contracts.
McGregor and Morelos got huge cheers as their names were announced in the starting line up and Arfield got the same treatment when he came off the bench. Then after 90 minutes the players done a lap of honour round the stadium.
Some things to note were;
- Kent’s lack of club gear
- The fan’s signing players individual songs to them one by one
- McGregor and Arfield’s emotional interviews
Ryan Kent not being in club gear sparked a reaction from many fans. Most felt it was disrespectful of the Englishmen considering Helander at least turned up in a Rangers tracksuit.
McGregor and Arfield both spoke about how much they love the club and how they would miss it. Arfield aims to continue his playing career and will leave with well wishes from all of the fans.
McGregor signed off his interview in typical fashion, when asked ‘what next?’ He said ‘I want to go and get a shower’.
Who will you miss the most out of those five? Do you think there are any the club will regret letting go?