Former Rangers striker Billy Dodds has lavished praise on Florian Kamberi following the striker’s eye-catching display against St. Johnstone on Sunday afternoon.
The 24-year-old came off the bench to great effect in Perth, scoring his first goal for the Gers and assisting another as they recorded a 2-2 draw.
That result ultimately saw two precious points dropped in the quest to close the gap on Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, but Kamberi still impressed hugely.
And Dodds was quick to emphasise this point.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “It’s a great time for Kamberi to get game time ahead of maybe leading the line on Wednesday against Braga but also a great time to score that goal.
“He was a style master, getting a leg over it, and he got the laces through it, keeping it down. It picked up pace as it went into the top right-hand corner.”
“Great finish from Joe Aribo but an unbelievable bit of skill from Florian Kamberi – he dummies it, then nutmegs the St Johnstone defender with the ball in – Kamberi has made the difference in this second half.
“You can see there’s a player with Florian Kamberi. He has what a lot of Rangers players don’t have – genuine pace. Sometimes a new club gets you back on track and it looks like that here – he’s turned the game, but still has to be more consistent.”
How good was Kamberi on Sunday?
A lot of attention will be directed elsewhere in the aftermath of this match, predominantly because of the underwhelming result, but this was a really exciting glimpse last what the striker is capable of.
His finish for the equaliser was superbly taken, while his awareness to turn his man in the build up to Joe Aribo’s goal was top tier.
More than anything though, he played like a man trying to prove himself. It might sound simplistic, but the amount of running that he put in during that second half – the clear and obvious effort he was making – really set him head and shoulders above pretty much everybody on the pitch.
In the end, he was awarded man of the match, and honestly, he deserved it.
Hopefully, he can show that kind of influence consistently, because lord knows the Gers need a lift.
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