It is the “perfect” time for Rangers to offer midfielder Glen Kamara a new contract, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker insisted securing the 25-year-old’s long-term future is just as important as their form on the pitch.
Kamara caught the eye in Rangers’ 2-0 win over Lech Poznan in the Europa League on Thursday night as they topped their group and secured qualification to the knockout stages.
Manager Steven Gerrard was full of praise for the Finland international after the game and called on the Rangers board to act “quickly” to offer him a new contract.
He added: “I thought Glen Kamara again showed why everybody is talking about him and there’s a lot of fuss about him.”
Asked by Football Insider whether Kamara was deserving of a new deal, Whelan said: “Absolutely.
“Just as important as what they’re doing right now on the pitch is having a look through their books and see where people’s contracts are at and sort them out because you do not want to lose a player like that.
“You don’t want to leave it until the summertime you want to talk about contracts now.
“When somebody is playing that well and having such influence on the side this is the perfect time, coming up to January, to get a new contract sorted out giving you that peace of mind knowing you’ve got him tied down for four years.”
Kamara’s current contract expires in the summer of 2023 after he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract upon his arrival to Ibrox in January 2019.
The Bears picked up the Arsenal academy graduate for a bargain £50,000 fee from Dundee.
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