If there was one other positive midweek aside Ridvan’s impressive display (ok he’s injured now, hey ho) it was the sprightly return, at LONG last, of attacker Kemar Roofe.
Coming on as a second-half sub, the Jamaican international took only a few minutes to shine, his quality coming through in abundance as he looked a class above the majority of players around him, and there’s no question the lad has a tonne to offer.
Well, not assists, he’s absolutely honking at those for a player who isn’t supposed to be an out-and-out striker, but in terms of his movement, power, pace and finishing, Kemar Roofe is among the most underrated players Rangers have, and if it wasn’t for his ridiculous injury history since arriving at Ibrox, he’d be our best all-round forward since we signed him.
But those injuries, goodness.
Nevertheless he’s back, and in contention to start today. Roofe would be more than useful on the right wing, with Wright on the left (sounds wright, doesn’t it?) because we sure as heck know we don’t want to see Kent out there any time soon.
But it’s the Jamaican’s return which matters. From a surefire exit in the summer, Roofe may now, thanks to about 400 injuries to everyone else, find himself with an integral role to play going forward, literally, as the attacker regains fitness and sharpness.
It’s a different dimension for the team – he is technically one of our best players, and his return gives a real level of depth to the striker position. Suddenly we have four genuine options, in he, Colak, Sakala, and Morelos. While Sakala is a tad unconvincing, it’s still options, and depth.
And that’s something we desperately need as more and more players seem to fall to injury these days at Rangers.
Roofe is one we rate highly at Ibrox Noise, and if there’s even the slimmest chance the boy can stay fit, then he’s one who can truly help the team to hit form and score goals.
Welcome back Kemar, may your body not break down any more and you can do your talking on the pitch.