Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara

Alan Hutton has tipped Glen Kamara to start for Rangers against Royal Antwerp despite a change of plans for Steven Gerrard. 

The former Gers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the midfielder would still line up against the Belgian outfit after playing over an hour against Dundee United.

Speaking after the 4-1 win on Saturday, Steven Gerrard revealed he had hoped to “save” the 25-year-old for Thursday’s Europa League tie.

However, Kamara came off the bench after 27 minutes to replace the injured Ryan Jack.

Hutton suggested the Finland international is a player Gerrard can rely on for the big games and tipped him to return to the starting XI on Thursday evening.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think he’ll start again, we’ve spoke about trust and I think he’s another player that he’s a go-to for Gerrard.

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“He really trusts what he does on the pitch and what he brings – his energy, he can go up and down the pitch, he has been excellent of late and I think it showed that again.

“He came on against Dundee United and played to a very high standard so he’s got the ability to play Saturday/Thursday no problem. I don’t think that will be an issue. 

“I think Gerrard will lean on him come the home tie.” 

Kamara has played 37 times across all competitions this season, with two goals under his belt.

Notably, he has been named among the starting XI for all of Rangers’ Europa League games.

In other news, Hutton has been stunned by what has happened to Bongani Zungu at Rangers.