Glen Kamara proving to be a real bargain for Rangers, says delighted Steven Gerrard
Rangers v Dundee, Scottish Premiership, Ibrox, Tonight, 7.45pm
Steven Gerrard says the "bargain" £50,000 fee Rangers splashed out for Glen Kamara is already looking like money well spent.
The Finland international was due to join Gers this summer after signing a pre-contract, but the Ibrox side pushed through a last-minute deal for the knock-down five-figure fee to seal his January switch from Dundee.
Kamara has begun repaying that meagre sum already, according to Gerrard after the former Arsenal youngster impressed on his first three starts against St Johnstone, Kilmarnock and Hamilton.
And Gerrard expects him to continue proving his worth.
"I know it's a bargain," said the Light Blues boss. "He's a top player. He's been schooled very well at Arsenal. Neil McCann also did an excellent job to take him to the next level while he was at Dundee.
"He fell out of favour with the current manager at Dundee but thankfully we got him in the door earlier than expected and we're benefiting from that."
Kamara was sidelined by Dens Park boss Jim McIntyre after signalling his intention to join Rangers at the end of the season.
The Dundee manager then granted permission for the 23-year-old to make an immediate switch after insisting it was "best for all parties".
But Gerrard - who confirmed Kamara would start against his old side when they visit Ibrox tonight - shrugged off suggestions the midfielder would be extra fired up for the clash.
He said: "Glen has got a point to prove every time he pulls on a Rangers shirt. I don't think that's magnified just because he's playing against his previous team."
Gers were frustrated by Dundee the last time they met as they were held to a 1-1 draw on Tayside.
Andy Halliday fired home a free-kick to cancel out Kenny Miller's opener but Gerrard says he has a tough decision to make on whether to select the left-back this time.
"Andy's got a tight groin," he revealed. "I know he wants to be available but I've got to make a sensible decision for Andy. I might have to take the decision out of his hands as Andy would play with three or four injuries, that's the character of the man.
"The December game with Dundee was frustrating. It's still a result that doesn't really sit too well for us. We huffed and puffed. We also scored a legitimate goal that wasn't given, so it was a frustrating afternoon."