By Alex McLeish

17th Aug, 2021 | 11:14am

McLeish tips Rangers to make 'big statement of intent' after Kamara update

Alex McLeish has backed Rangers to make a “big statement of intent” by tying Glen Kamara down to a new contract.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a new deal for the midfielder would help the Light Blues get over their Champions League heartbreak.

As quoted by Sky Sports (August 6th), Gerrard confirmed Rangers had tabled a “really strong contract offer” that Kamara’s advisers are “happy with”.

The 25-year-old’s contract expires in 2023, with Gers boss Steven Gerrard desperate to extend the ex-Dundee man’s stay at Ibrox.

Championat today (17th August) reported that Spartak Moscow are not interested in Kamara despite links to the Russian outfit.

McLeish admitted Kamara had been a “sensational” signing and a new deal would be something of a coup for Rangers.

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“It would be a big statement of intent,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

He’s turned out to be one of the most important players in the team, one of the go-to guys and part of the nucleus of that Rangers team.

“He’s proved so much at the club, but the potential was always there. What a sensational piece of recruitment.

“Hopefully Glen will put pen to paper for Rangers despite the Champions League setback.”

Kamara played 78 minutes in Rangers’ 5-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic in the League Cup.

The midfielder made 51 appearances for the Ibrox club in all competitions last term.

After graduating from Arsenal’s academy, Kamara made the switch to Dundee United in 2017.

In 2019, the midfielder sealed a £50,000 move to Rangers and has made 106 appearances for the club since.

In other news, this pundit has called on Rangers to complete a £13million deal for striker Alfredo Morelos.