Rangers’ comfortable win in Dingwall today was absolutely vital on so many fronts, not least taking advantage of what turned out to be another slip up by Celtic to St Johnstone, but the highlight for many fans of Michael Beale’s men’s win v Malky Mackay’s side was the return and performance of Kemar Roofe which, in 60 minutes, demonstrated that, if he can keep fit, he will be hard to shift from the starting shirt.
The Jamaican was making his first start in a ridiculous 16 months, having suffered diabolical fitness and claims of attitude and hypochondria. There were loose stories Rangers were trying to negotiate a payoff with the ex-Leeds man.
But his comeback today v a very competent County was quite simply outstanding, and demonstrated that Michael Beale may have had an Alfredo Morelos replacement on his hands all along, as the former Anderlecht star outshone all of the £15M of talent Beale has signed up there and nabbed a fine goal and an all-round imperious display.
While Roofe wasn’t massively involved in the match, his movement was exceptional – it always was, in fairness, but he reminded us all exactly how brilliant a goalscorer he is with one shot and one goal – a 100% shooting record. He made two key passes in there too.
Touches? 27 – around the same as Dessers and considerably less than Lammers, but did so much more than either of them, despite a rather poor passing level.
Roofe didn’t do a massive amount on the ball, as we say, his passing wasn’t great (55%) but what he did as an offensive force was very, very effective, and Kemar Roofe will simply never stop scoring goals.
Unless he’s injured.
How do you keep the boy fit long enough to actually make the difference he’s very capable of? The lad is a top striker, a natural forward and statistically he’s probably the best striker we’ve had outside Antonio Colak since Naismith. 37 in 81 plus 6 assists.
That’s a fantastic record given his injury history.
If Rangers ‘could’ keep him fit, you’ll get goals galore.
But that’s the biggest if.