Glen Kamara was persuaded to move to Scotland by former Arsenal team mate Gedion Zelalem.

  • Kamara joined Dundee on a permanent deal this summer
  • He was convinced by Zelalem, who had a loan spell at Rangers

Kamara recently made the switch from Arsenal to Dundee after making just a single first team appearance for Arsenal.

While the Finnish midfielder will be hoping for more first team action in Scotland, he admitted that he didn’t know an awful lot about the league and needed some convincing to give it a try.

The person who did that was former team mate Gedion Zelalem, who spent a year on loan with Rangers.

“I didn’t know much about Scottish football but watched a bit of it because Gedion Zelalem is my friend,” he told The Courier.

“I used to watch him play in the bigger games and I spoke to him about coming here.

“He just told me it’s a good level in the SPFL, it’s not as quick as English football but there would be a chance for me to excel here.

“I know it’s going to be tough and physical up here, but I think I will handle that no problem.

Kamara also reflected on his time at Arsenal, and how he learned a lot playing with the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.

“Growing up at Arsenal was great. It was a very good education.

“I trained with the first team quite a bit and you realise how high the level is, so it’s always going to be tough to break through there.

“Guys like Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin are all fantastic players and they were great with the young lads.

“They didn’t push you away, they tried to help you every day in training and help you improve.

“So it was a fantastic experience but it’s so difficult to make the breakthrough there because of the quality they have.”

Kamara joined Arsenal from Southend United in 2012, and has represented Finland at youth level.

He’ll be hoping now to make a mark in Scotland and prove his talent.