By Doug Ward

12th Oct, 2021 | 6:30pm

Rangers star Glen Kamara shines as Finland win 2-0 v Kazakhstan

Glen Kamara put his Rangers heartache to one side as the midfielder shone for Finland in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

While Teemu Pukki will grab the headlines as he became the all-time highest goalscorer in Finland’s history with two goals in Astana, it was Kamara, 25, who was the driving force behind the Scandinavian nation’s 2-0 victory.

Finland have kept their hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar alive with that victory as now, they sit third in Group D, level on points with Ukraine as they fight over the play-off place.

Before the international break, Kamara would likely have been at one of the lowest points of his career at Rangers.

The former Arsenal and Dundee midfielder was booed throughout the Gers’ Europa League defeat to Sparta Prague by school children with yet more racism allegations being aimed at clubs in the Czech Republic.

In that match, he was also sent off for two yellow cards and the second booking was an abysmal decision by the referee.

Kamara played in the 2-1 win against Hibernian in the final match before the international break but was substituted off after 55 minutes.

After such a tough week, it’s brilliant to see that Rangers’ midfielder is on top of his game again with a superb performance against Kazakhstan.

Stats by WhoScored show that Kamara completed 84 per cent of his passes, completed three key passes, completed three dribbles and made two interceptions. No player on the pitch completed more key passes and dribbles than the Ibrox star.

He also played a key role in one of Pukki’s goals, as shown in the video clip below.

Kamara, described as “ice cool” by the Gers fan who shared the clip, looked so relaxed as he linked up with Pukki before playing a clever pass through the Kazakhstan lines to another teammate.

If Kamara can play like this for Rangers then there’s a good chance we’ll ease our way to a 56th league title and hopefully rescue our chances of qualifying for the Europa League knock-out stages.

Unfortunately, Kamara will be suspended when we play Brondby at Ibrox next Thursday but there are still plenty more opportunities for the 25-year-old to strut his stuff and shine as he did in Astana on Tuesday.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this year that Kamara is worth at least £10million for the Light Blues. You can double that based on how well he performed for Finland this week.

In other Rangers news, there’s been an update on speculation linking Steven Gerrard with Newcastle.