Reported Glasgow Rangers target and 2019-20 Ibrox loanee Florian Kamberi is back in training with his parent club but his future remains uncertain, if his manager’s comments are anything to go by.
The Hibernian striker spent the second half of last season on loan with Steven Gerrard’s side and angered his parent club’s fans with his comments upon joining Rangers, claiming Ibrox was his “dream” move and calling Bears “the best fans in the world”.
Kamberi, 25, made nine appearances for Rangers, scoring once and claiming two assists, but with the Scottish Premiership season being suspended in March and ultimately curtailed, he eventually returned to Hibs.
According to a report in the Daily Record from mid-June, Gerrard remains interested in bringing the £150,000-rated forward to Rangers, although there appears to be competition for his services from south of the border and from Europe.
Although the 6ft 2in ace was pictured laughing and joking with teammates during training at the club’s East Mains base, manager Jack Ross appeared to cast doubt on his future at the Edinburgh club.
“He’s trained with us from day one, and that’s probably it,” Ross is quoted by Sky Sports – transcribed by Edinburgh Live – as saying.
“There’s continued dialogue to find a solution that suits both parties but at the moment, he’s training with the group. I don’t think I would ever be as blunt as that [to suggest Kamberi will leave]. From experience, football can move and shift in very different ways.
“At the moment, in terms of my planning for the season, I’m planning with the players who will absolutely be here and try to prepare as best I can for the opening game – especially as we start to move ever closer, hopefully, to friendly matches.”
While Kamberi’s kind comments about Rangers and the fans went down a treat with the Bears, you can understand why Hibs fans weren’t at all impressed by them, and it’ll be difficult for the Swiss-born attacker to win them back.
That said, from a transfer perspective, Kamberi appears to be a wanted man, with Rangers just one of the sides linked with his services, so Ross’ comments could simply reflect the fact he may just be looking for a move, or that he may be surplus to requirements in Leith.
From Rangers’ point of view anyway, it’s a positive sign as it boosts their hopes – as well as those of other reported suitors – of getting their hands on him.