Rangers battling to keep Glen Kamara & others after Champions League exit

Graeme Bailey
Glen Kamara is attracting Premier League interest
Glen Kamara is attracting Premier League interest / Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Rangers are trying to broker a new deal for star midfielder Glen Kamara, as the list of Premier League suitors continues to grow.

The Scottish Premiership champions are keen to hand a new contract to the Finnish midfielder, who is attracting interest from a host of clubs from around Europe – but mainly the Premier League.

Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham have all had contact with Rangers about Kamara, and 90min can reveal that Watford are the latest club to look at the 25-year-old - who has two years left on his current deal.

Former Dundee man Kamara, who appeared for his country at Euro 2020, is due a new contract following an outstanding campaign in heart of Rangers' midfield last term and 90min understands manager Steven Gerrard is determined to keep hold of a player he deems crucial to his plans.

Rangers are set to have their resolve tested over Kamara and a host of star names in the coming weeks following their exit from the Champions League. The Gers went out of Europe’s top competition to Swedish side Malmo, and their failure to make the group stages – which could have generated an extra £30m to the club’s finances – could hamper their ability to reject any big offers.

Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic, Ianis Hagi and Kamara are the big names who have attracted and still have a number of clubs keeping close tabs on their situation. Indeed, Gerrard admitted in his post-match press conference after the Malmo loss that he was worried about the repercussions of Rangers' Champions League exit.

"I am not naive enough to sit here and think that the last two results won't have an impact somewhere down the line," he said. "I'm well aware how this club works and how it runs and we are a club where, if the right numbers land for our players, we do have to recycle. But nothing's been said to me since the game in terms of being in a rush or a hurry to do that and nothing's changed."

90min understands that while Rangers are bracing themselves for interest and possible bids, clubs bosses have told Gerrard that he does not have to sell.