Glen Kamara was a good player for Dundee. Strong in the middle but equally good going forward, the Finland international was the ideal box to box midfielder for the Dee.
In January though, Kamara penned a pre-contract with Rangers, which would have seen him move to Ibrox next season. With performances already slipping due to interest from the Gers, once this contract was signed, Kamara was never going to fully commit to Jim McIntyre’s side.
The Dens Park boss sold his best midfielder to Rangers on transfer deadline day because of this, with his lack of commitment clearly becoming an issue in Dundee. Since arriving at Ibrox though, Kamara has been back to his old self, bringing balance to Steven Gerrard’s midfield.
The Finnish midfielder faces his former employers tonight for the first time since his departure. Will the midfielder make McIntyre regret his decision by full time tonight?
Kamara could cause Dundee real problems
Since Kamara’s exit, McIntyre has regularly opted for the experience of Martin Woods and Paul McGowan in the middle. Whilst both are reliable options in midfield, they aren’t on the level Kamara is when he’s at his best.
McGowan is an attack minded midfielder, whilst Woods is a mix of both defensive and forward thinking worlds. Woods is the player most similar to Kamara at Dens Park now, but he isn’t able to do the job Rangers’ new midfielder was doing.
Kamara gets his head down and drives forward, whilst also being a bit more aggressive in defence than Woods and McGowan are. This could become a pivotal factor in this Ibrox clash. The midfielder is better than his former teammates, something which could be brutally exposed in Govan tonight.
Dundee need to collect points in every game they play, but losing their best midfielder has made this even more of an uphill struggle. It’s no coincidence that the Dee have won just one game in eight since Kamara’s last appearance in December. They have missed their midfield maestro, and the man himself could show that again tonight.