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Glen Kamara may not have made a first team breakthrough during his time at Arsenal, but he’s now capable of playing in England’s top six.

That’s the view of former Rangers keeper Antti Niemi, who has watched his countryman become a key part of Steven Gerrard’s squad.

The Finnish midfielder was signed for just £50,000 from Dundee in January 2019, and has gone on to make 87 appearances for the club.

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25-year-old Kamara, who has earned 27 caps for his country, is considered one of the standout performers in an impressive season for the Ibrox club, who lead Scotland’s Premiership by 21 points with just 10 games remaining.

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TEAMtalk reported in December that Benfica were interested in Kamara, and that Everton, Southampton, Newcastle, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace had all been “keeping close tabs” on the player.

Niemi, who spent 17 months at Ibrox under Walter Smith and Dick Advocaat after leaving Charlton, insists Kamara can mix it not just among England’s elite but in Germany or Italy.

Speaking to Record Sport, he said: “It is quite obvious any time I am watching the matches that he is one of the most important players for Rangers.

“From what I have seen of Rangers they are playing really well and have a group of extremely talented players who are coached really well, but Glen just adds something different to the team.

“When he gets the ball everyone else can relax a little bit and they know that he can keep hold of the ball and keep possession for his side – that is such an important thing for any team.

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“I certainly feel as though he is a bit different and offers a great option to that Rangers team.

 “It is very obvious that he understands football, when he receives the ball he is already steps ahead and knows exactly what he wants to do with the ball.

“When you watch how he plays football, it looks so simple, but he executes everything so brilliantly and he really is a joy to watch.”

“I have no doubt that he could go down and play for the biggest clubs in the English Premier League, Bundesliga or Serie A. He has the ability to play for any good team.

“If you put Glen Kamara in a top six Premier League team would he look out of place? My answer is simply no, he would look very good.”

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