More injury frustration as Rangers lose Kemar Roofe for at least a month

More injury frustration as Rangers lose Kemar Roofe for at least a month
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 15: Kemar Roofe of Rangers leaves the pitch injured during the Viaplay Cup Semi-final match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on January 15, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So Michael Beale confirmed that once again Kemar Roofe is out for an extended period, having landed on his arm awkwardly and doing his shoulder. It didn’t require surgery, but he will be unavailable for at least a month, and as usual a Roofe return sees the side then lose him for yet more matches.

There is no denying Kemar Roofe’s talent – he’s a strong goalscoring forward with some of the best pro-rata stats this team has seen for many years, but unfortunately the Jamaican international is simply incapable of remaining fit.

Since joining Rangers in the summer of 2020, so two and a half seasons, he’s managed just 76 appearances – just over one season in total. Frustratingly, he has an outstanding 35 goals in those appearances, and he’s never even really been a pure striker, so we know how good he is.

But what do we do with a man who has made just 21 appearances since new year 2021?

In all honesty, not much – he has 18 months left on his deal and we won’t free him mutual consent any more than we will his fellow treatment table buddy Filip Helander, we’ll just wait it out and hope we can get some return on him in that last year and a half.

But it’s endlessly frustrating, and shows we cannot count on him at all. The player himself will be hugely frustrated as well, every time he comes back he gets injured again – but then we have heard claims in the direction of his being a ‘hypochondriac’ who allegedly has a weak mental attitude to pain and unlike a James Tavernier, Ryan Jack or John Lundstram, he ‘allegedly’ just doesn’t play through the pain.

In short, when he gets hurt, he supposedly doesn’t battle it, or fight through it, he always apparently takes it off as injured.

How you judge that, if it is true, is up to you – but Lundstram and others just play on with their injuries and that’s their choice too.

Roofe is unlikely to ever be a major Rangers player – we know how good he can be, but he can’t, or refuses, to stay fit for long enough to demonstrate his quality. 76 appearances in 28 months is not a good return from £4M, just like the same number of appearances is poor in three years for his Swedish team mate.

The latter will surely be freed this summer, Roofe can consider himself as fortunate as Helander did last summer that his contract still has a while to go.

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