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17/2/2022 | 10:46am
Rangers return to European action on Thursday as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to guide the Ibrox giants into the next round of the UEFA Europa League.
The Gers travel to Germany to face off against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their knockout clash.
Van Bronckhorst’s side come into the match off the back of a 3-0 win over Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup last weekend and the Dutchman could make a number of changes from that side.
One player he must unleash from the start against Dortmund after leaving him on the bench against Annan is central midfielder Glen Kamara.
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The midfield machine must be brought back into the XI as he is a pivotal player for the Gers and could be key to them picking anything up from the German giants.
He has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.03 across 24 Premiership matches this season, showing that he has been consistently delivering quality performances. This means that he has been a reliable option in the middle of the park for van Bronckhorst, which is one of the reasons why he should be in from the start.
Neil McCann, his former manager at Dundee United, once heaped praise on the enforcer. He said of Kamara: “He isn’t a big, physical lad but he’s made of iron and really strong. I knew immediately that he could handle the ball under pressure and not give it away, so he was perfect.
“He’s a special talent. He’s lightning-quick but he doesn’t show it. He’s a player who takes instruction well.”
These comments highlight the physical aspect of his game and emphasize the impact he can have off and on the ball for Rangers, in terms of winning the ball back off the opposition and retaining the ball himself.
The Finland international has the assurance in possession to allow him to compete at the top level. He is able to quickly and effectively recycle the ball and this will be crucial against Dortmund if they decide to press high and look to win the ball off Rangers in their own half, as he will be able to beat the press and progress the play.
In the Premiership this season, the machine has completed a whopping 91% of his attempted passes. This proves that he is an excellent passer who does not give away possession away cheaply, which could be key against such an esteemed European outfit in their own stadium. His 1.3 key passes per game also shows that he does not have a high completion rate due to an unimaginative pass selection, as he regularly creates chances for his teammates.
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