Big Kemar Roofe claim gives Rangers a shock dilemma

Big Kemar Roofe claim gives Rangers a shock dilemma
Rangers' English striker #25 Kemar Roofe heads the ball during the UEFA Europa League group C football match between Glasgow Rangers and Real Betis at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 21, 2023. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Rangers striker Kemar Roofe claims his injury issues are finally over after getting a hip operation he says he’d put off for way too long and which he’d also rushed back from as well.

The Jamaica hitman, 31, has been a divisive signing for Rangers since 2020, the year he joined then-manager Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit.

Despite his insane level of injury (98 appearances in 4 years) the numbers have certainly added up, with 38 goals and 7 assists, meaning 45 goals and assists in 98, just marginally over a one in two rate.

There’s no doubt a fit Kemar Roofe is a top striker, and funnily enough his career numbers back this up.

For Anderlecht it was 10 goals and assists in 16, 47 goals and assists in 133 outings at Leeds, and at Oxford it was 45 in 65.

In short, wherever he’s played he’s scored and assisted at a top rate.

But those injuries have decimated his Rangers career.

He said:

“I feel good. I had my hip operation that I needed for a long time and am pain free. If I’m being honest, I rushed back too soon after that operation, but I got the issue sorted and now I feel good.”

Kemar Roofe seems to think he’s finally injury-free and feeling good.

And there’s no denying a fit version of him would be a real asset to have.

He went on, about his contract:

“Who knows? My contract is up at the end of the season, so you need to ask the people above that question. It’s a great club, the fanbase is top. Being in competitions like the Champions League and Europa League is amazing. But for me now right now, I’m just trying to play games this season, do my best and get as many trophies as we can. I want to play more games, win more games and score more goals. I don’t know. You’d need to ask the gaffer and people that are in control of the contracts. Of course. I really like playing in this squad and under the gaffer.”

In short, ‘please give me a new deal’.

It’s a real dilemma. Roofe, like John Lundstram, doesn’t fit the model of Rangers going forward, he’s just too old, but there’s no denying the lad is a prolific scorer when he is in form and fit.

Whether the club is going to shock us all by offering him a new deal, time will tell.

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