Rangers boss Steven Gerrard makes demand to board after topping Europa League group

Glen Kamara takes part in crossbar challenge in training

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has urged the club to tie down midfielder Glen Kamara to a new contract after his impressive performance in their 2-0 win over Lech Poznan in the Europa League. The win ensured Rangers topped their group and qualified for the knockout rounds of the competition.

Speaking after the game, Gerrard praised Kamara’s display and called on the club to agree a new contract with the player “as quickly as they can.”

“I thought Glen Kamara again showed why everybody is talking about him and there’s a lot of fuss about him,” Gerrard said.

“I thought he was outstanding from start to finish and my advice to the club is to move that situation along as quickly as they can.”

“I think it is a huge achievement and it is thoroughly deserved. 

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“Our performances over the six games, we deserve to be in the number one position and with a bit more experience we could have won the six games. 

“I am immensely proud of the players over the campaign and I thought tonight’s performance, we played with maturity, we were really strong and played with control and we fully deserved the three points.”

Gerrard also praised youngster Nathan Patterson, who made his full Europa League debut starting ahead of club captain James Tavernier.

“I think that works both ways,” Gerrard added. “He’s lucky to have Tav here because he’s got no one better to learn off and be a sponge around.

“When you’re at Nathan’s age, it’s about the daily routine of training. He’s up against the likes of Ryan Kent, Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones on a daily basis, who have got speed and quality.

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“He’s up against the (Joe) Aribos and (Ianis) Hagis, so his development is really important. He’s got a bright future.

“Tav is at an age where at some point, Nathan will take over that position but it’s great to have two really good right-backs to pick from.

“I thought his performance was strong considering it was his full debut at this level.”

Reflecting on Rangers’ progression to the knockout rounds, Gerrard added: “Our performances over the six games mean we deserve to be in the number one position.

“I think with a little bit more experience we could have won the six games so I’m immensely proud of the players for the campaign.

“To be at this level now and competing and beating teams at this level shows the big steps that we have taken as a group. The challenge now is can we keep building on it?

“We are looking forward to the draw on Monday. We will need a bit of luck, of course we will.

“When Europe comes around again in February time we will hopefully have a fit squad. If we do we will be a challenge for whoever we face.”

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