Dundee boss Neil McCann has told “class act” Glen Kamara to enjoy a bit of sunshine as he heads off to join the Finnish national team.
The Dark Blues midfielder has been a breath of fresh air since joining the club in the summer after being released by Arsenal’s youth set-up.
As you’d expect being part of the Gunners academy, the 22-year-old technically is excellent and keeps the ball very well.
What has maybe surprised some is considering his inexperience — this is his first full season in senior football having only played 10 league games on loan at Southend and Colchester beforehand — how well he controls games for his side.
Boss Neil says the players around him have been a big part of that — particularly Paul McGowan and Mark O’Hara lately — in aiding and abetting the Finnish international’s “superb” form.
The Dens Park gaffer said: “Glen has been superb in the middle.
“I think he enjoys playing with Paul McGowan and big Mark O’Hara beside him.
“In the last couple of weeks, we changed to go to a tight three and I think he likes having the boys around about him.”
Kamara had represented his country, Finland, at U/19 and U/21 levels but made the big step into senior international football in November.
He made his debut as a substitute in a friendly against Estonia and this weekend will join up again with his international team-mates for a mid-season training camp in Abu Dhabi.
And his club manager says he knew they’d “found a wee bit of gold” when they got the chance to snap up Kamara on a free transfer in the summer.
Despite his lack of senior game time, the former Arsenal man has quickly become a key player in Neil’s team and a firm favourite among the Dundee faithful.
And his gaffer says he more than deserves a wee break in the Middle East sun for his efforts at Dens Park over the last six months.
Neil added: “Glen is a class act.
“We knew when we looked at him and had the chance to sign him we’d found a wee bit of gold there.
“He’s going off to meet with the Finnish national team and get a bit of sun on his body.
“He’ll enjoy that side of it because he’s earned it. He’s been terrific.”