GLEN KAMARA lets his football do the talking but the midfielder is becoming a player that is on the lips of many admirers.

It is 12 months since Kamara put pen-to-paper on the pre-contract agreement that was due to see him head to Ibrox at the end of last season. The move to bring that forward to the final day of the transfer window would prove a shrewd one for boss Steven Gerrard.

There were sections of the Rangers support that had to be won over about the merits of bringing the Finnish internationalist in from Dundee. It didn’t take long for his doubters to be convinced, though, and Kamara is now as highly-rated in the stands as he is in the dugout.

The £50,000 paid to Dundee for his services looked a bargain when it was completed. Every time Kamara steps on the park, it becomes even more of a steal for Rangers.

Gerrard is in no rush to sell the 24-year-old and would be reluctant to do so in January now that Rangers have the Premiership title firmly in their sights in the second half of the campaign.

A fee of around £8million would not be out of the question for Kamara as a barometer of his progress and his potential but a league win would be priceless for Rangers this term. Given his importance to the side, it would surely take a sizeable offer, and for Rangers to have a guaranteed replacement lined-up, for Gerrard to sanction a sale as speculation over Kamara’s future mounts.

The Ibrox boss revealed in early November that he was aware of interest in Kamara and that clubs had been scouting him as he impressed in the Premiership and Europa League. The likes of Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Brighton all watched Kamara earlier in the campaign but bigger hitters have now been linked with a potential approach.

The prospect of a move to Juventus was dismissed by Gerrard as ‘another made up story’ after the 5-0 victory over Hearts at Ibrox. Having been asked the question, he didn’t miss the opportunity to talk up Kamara.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s top clubs looking at Glen,” Gerrard said. “Again he was outstanding, lovely to watch and as a midfielder myself I really admire his bodywork and his shape, the way he receives the ball.

“He’s a very clever footballer and it wouldn’t surprise me if top clubs were monitoring him but there’s no truth in Juventus.”

The link to the Serie A giants was shot down by Gerrard but Kamara has continued to attract admiring glances. Sheffield United have been credited with an interest, while Arsenal scouts – in attendance for Sunday’s Old Firm win – have watched him closely for several weeks.

It was at the Emirates where Kamara started his career and Gerrard praised the schooling that he had in those formative years. He has also spoken of Kamara’s resilience in recovering from the setback of failing to make the grade with Gunners.

He was toughened up mentally and physically during loan spells with Southend and Colchester but it was on Tayside were Kamara rebuilt his career. He would make a name for himself with Dundee and at Ibrox he has really started to enhance his reputation and develop his game.

Kamara is unlikely to make headlines in press conferences and mind games are not his thing. His focus is very much on his own showing to ensure it feeds into a collective performance that brings the best for Rangers.

He is polite and courteous, but he conducts his media duties with the same efficiency as he plays the game. He keeps his cards as close to his chest under questioning as he does the ball to his foot as he skips by the opposition.

Kamara is not a flashy operator in the middle of the park but the way he receives and recycles the ball makes him an important part of Gerrard’s central three. He has the energy to get around the park yet the tactical discipline not to get caught out of position and he is precise with his tackling.

The only goal he has scored this season proved crucial as his strike was enough to see off Livingston in the Betfred Cup but end product is not how Kamara is judged as he provides a cool head and composure that belies his relative lack of years.

Of the 14 Europa League matches Rangers have played so far this term, Kamara has featured in 13 of them. He was an unused substitute for the home leg with Progres Niederkorn in the second qualifying round but played all six Group G games as Rangers reached the last 32 of the competition.

He is a player that Gerrard has faith and trust in and there will surely be further progression to come the longer the Liverpool legend works alongside a player that has become as important for his country as he is his club.

Kamara will be part of the Finland squad that will participate at the European Championships this season and he will have another stage upon which to showcase his talents.

If he does, the list of suitors will surely grow. Rangers won’t be able to keep their quiet man off the radar for long.