Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will only let Glen Kamara go in January if he has a replacement in place at Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says he is doubtful the Gers boss will want to let anyone who is a regular in the side depart as they hunt down Celtic at the top of the table but that the midfielder could be replaced.

With Gerrard confirming that a number of sides have been watching the 24-year-old this season, Football Insider have revealed that Championship title hopefuls Leeds United are among the chasing pack for the £8million-plus-rated Ibrox star.

McNamara says the only way he can see Kamara heading out the exit door this season is if he is replaced by another capable player, but says he expects any first-team exits to wait until next summer.

“He might not want to lose anybody in January with the way things are in the league,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“They might want to do things next summer, unless they’ve got a replacement lined up in January but I don’t think, similarly to Neil Lennon, they won’t want to lose anybody who’s playing week in, week out.

“If they get £8million, it would be a good deal, it’s a good return.”

Since joining from Dundee in a deadline day deal back in January, Kamara has played a total of 36 times for Gerrard, emerging as a mainstay among the starting XI at Ibrox.

This season has seen the Finnish international 20 times across all competitions, battling it out with the likes of Joe Aribo, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield for a place in the side.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has been left raving over a Gers player he thought was finished at Ibrox.