Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara made it into the top five of the official UEFA rankings for passes completed during Euro 2020 qualifiers.
He completed 720 passes across Finland’s 10 qualifiers, 10 shy of Sergio Ramos for Spain in fourth place, with Jorginho (Chelsea & Italy), Toby Alderweireld (Belgium & Tottenham) and Joshua Kimmich (Germany & Bayern Munich) ahead of him.
Kamara’s form helped Finland to qualify for their first major finals in their history after they secured second place in their group behind Italy with a win against Liechtenstein on Friday.
The Finnish prime minister tweeted after qualification had been secured to say, “An incredible performance! Congratulations and thank you! Oh Finland is, oh Finland is, oh Finland is finally in the men’s soccer championship!”
Aivan uskomaton suoritus, @huuhkajat! Onneksi olkoon ja kiitos!
Oi Suomi on, oi Suomi on, oi Suomi on vihdoinkin miesten jalkapallon arvokisoissa! #huuhkajat
— Antti Rinne (@AnttiRinnepj) November 15, 2019
Kamara’s form this season, for Rangers and for Finland, hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The Daily Mail claims that Brighton, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Aston Villa are all monitoring his progress – not bad for a player who cost Rangers just £50,000.
New sporting director Ross Wilson has said that Rangers are under no pressure to sell any of their star players in January.
That might have been a comment aimed more at Alfredo Morelos, who is already being linked with sides such as St Etienne, but it should equally apply to Kamara after his recent form following a drop-off at the start of the season.
He will be an important player for Rangers in the second half of the season.