Can outstanding Kemar Roofe stay fit for Rangers?

Can outstanding Kemar Roofe stay fit for Rangers?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kemar Roofe of Rangers warms up prior to the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Hampden Park on April 17, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

And here’s the dichotomy of Kemar Roofe.

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.

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  1. Obviously the lad can score and if Beale is going to rotate the forwards then he may stand a better chance, don’t play him on dodgy surfaces. He’s an asset so let’s hope along with Dr Waller on the team he can stay injury free and any niggles can be addressed accordingly. 💙💙

  2. Agree with Janice, needs rotated to stay fresh, as do the others. Also shows no guaranteed jersey, best players stay in.

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