'A big piece of the jigsaw' - Steven Gerrard reiterates Glen Kamara value and addresses player contracts

Steven Gerrard has reiterated his desire for Glen Kamara to be rewarded with a new contract as he warned of “noise” around certain players.

Glen Kamara has been hugely impressive this season

The Finnish internationalist strolled through the 2-0 win against Lech Poznan in Poland and post-match, the Ibrox boss voiced his wish that the former Dundee man get his just rewards.

Speaking on Friday the Gers manager outlined Kamara’s importance to the Rangers team.

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Gerrard said: “It's my job to advise when I think people deserve to be rewarded; it's my job to advise when I predict there's a lot of noise around a certain individual.

"Obviously I’m trying to protect the club, the board, and the team and everyone from a situation where we could lose one of our best players.

“That's the reason why we need to try and move his personal situation forward. The board are aware of it, they're on the same page, and I think it will only be a matter of time.”

With interest in others players besides Kamara, Gerrard warned that losing key individuals would be deeply harmful to the long-term plan.

He continued: “We're trying to build a team here. Everyone is working so hard to move the team forward. I think the last thing we need now is to lose a big piece of that jigsaw.

“Glen's happy; he’s enjoying his football and he loves it here. He's working ever so hard so for me it's the right thing to do.

"We're looking forward to him representing Rangers at the Euros. He's a magnificent player; we appreciate what he does. He's progressed, he’s moved on well, he’s just a fantastic kid to work with. He does everything right and I'd like to see him rewarded.

“The club is aware of everyone’s contract situation. We're aware who is performing well, who’s going above and beyond, who's consistent.

"It's about timing but if things keep going as they are then the right people will be rewarded at the right time.

"When you perform well domestically and in Europe, it's only normal that people are looking in. There's a lot of noise around Glen but he’s not the only one. There are a lot of people looking in and we have to protect ourselves."

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