Finnish newspapers react to Glen Kamara performance as Rangers player features v Montenegro
Glen Kamara played all 90 minutes of Finland’s Nations League win over Montenegro on Monday night but the Rangers star was allegedly the victim of racist abuse in the game.
Finland won 2-0 thanks to second-half goals by Oliver Antman and Benjamin Kallman but it’s the allegations of racism that have made headlines on Tuesday morning.
The Finnish FA have released a statement, via the Daily Record, saying: “UEFA has started an investigation into the racist behaviour of a Montenegrin player towards Glen Kamara.”
Finnish newspapers have also covered the story but they’ve also been reacting to the midfielder’s performance in the Nations League victory.
Iltalehti’s player ratings aren’t done in the usual format and instead, their writers give players up to three lions or lambs depending on how well or bad they’ve done.
Kamara got one lion for his performance, which means he did okay without being speculatular.
“Lives on fluid movements with the ball. Understandably, the characteristics did not come out in the water well,” wrote journalist Lassi Kuisma.
Iltalehti, in their match report, did credit Kamara for having a role in Antman’s goal though, saying: “Glen Kamara, Joel Pohjanpalo and Teemu Pukki created a space for Antman, who pushed the ball right to the base of the back post. Mijatovic was completely powerless in the face of a clinical finish.”
HBL were more impressed by the Rangers midfielder.
In their player ratings, they gave him 8/10 and said: “The ball-wielder devoted himself for long periods to butting heads with the opponents. After the match, there were reports that Kamara may have been subjected to racist slurs on the pitch.”
Sorry old story
We cannot imagine how Kamara feels.
Not only has he been racially abused by a fellow professional while playing for Rangers but he’s also allegedly had it with his national team now.
On top of that, he was jeered by school children in Prague for being the victim of Ondrej Kudela’s alleged racism.
Kamara’s been through a lot but he’s still a stellar player and Rangers – and Finland – are lucky to have him.
He’s one of the best players the Finnish national team has ever had and he’s sure to burst the 100-cap mark with them in the future.
How long does he have at Rangers though.
Kamara’s been consistently linked with moves away from Ibrox and he’s seen his role in the side start to lessen in the last year or so.
His form hasn’t been that of what it was but we still know that the ability is in there somewhere for Kamara to be one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership.
In other Rangers news, a BT Sport pundit has shared his verdict on what he’s seen about £100million heading to Ibrox.