Steven Gerrard says the “bargain” £50,000 fee Rangers paid Dundee for Glen Kamara is already looking like money well spent.
The Finland international was due to join Gers this summer after signing a pre-contract.
But the Ibrox side pushed through a last-minute deal for the knock-down five-figure fee to seal his January switch from Dens Park.
Kamara has begun repaying that meagre sum already, according to Gerrard after the former Arsenal youngster impressed on his first three starts against St Johnstone, Kilmarnock and Hamilton.
And Gerrard expects him to continue proving his worth as the season goes on.
“I know it’s a bargain,” said the Light Blues boss. “He’s a top player.
“He’s been schooled very well at Arsenal. Neil McCann also did an excellent job to take him to the next level while he was at Dundee.
“He fell out of favour with the current manager at Dundee but thankfully we got him in the door earlier than expected and we’re benefiting from that right now.”
Kamara was out of the picture at Dens under Jim McIntyre and the Dundee boss then granted permission for the 23-year-old to make an immediate switch after insisting it was “best for all parties”.
But Gerrard – who confirmed Kamara would start against his old side when they visit Ibrox on Wednesday night – shrugged off suggestions the midfielder would be extra fired up for the clash.
He said: “Glen has got a point to prove every time he pulls on a Rangers shirt. I don’t think that’s magnified just because he’s playing against his previous team.
“He’s spoken well about Dundee and his time there but I’m sure he’s looking forward to the fixture.
“He’s playing tomorrow. He just needs to go out and do what he’s been doing since he’s broken into the team, which is playing at a very high level.”
?️ | Manager Jim McIntyre on tomorrow's match with Rangers.
Subscribers can watch the full press conference on DeeTV now #thedee
— Dundee Football Club (@DundeeFC) February 26, 2019
Gers were frustrated by the Dark Blues the last time they met as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Tayside.