Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard made a brave call to start Kemar Roofe instead of Alfredo Morelos against Lech Poznan in the Europa League. But it backfired almost immediately, as Rangers struggled to break down the resolute Polish side, until the Colombia international came to the rescue.
“Not only was he not ready, he should have left it for Kent coming in.
“I’ll cut him a little bit of slack but I think he’s maybe expecting [Thomas] Rogne to get a touch there and he doesn’t.
“Now, there’s no excuse for him here. This is Kent’s ball all day and he tries the overhead kick.
“I know he scored a brilliant goal the other week, a fantastic goal. But that is Kent’s to hit all day.”
However, McCoist didn’t stop there, as the BT Sport pundit continued to criticise Roofe for his poor performance throughout the game. When talking about one particular moment when the uncapped Jamaica international lost the ball, he said: “It’s just slackness.
“I don’t know why he tries it with the outside of his foot. It’s just a side-footed pass to [Glen] Kamara that [causes] all sorts of problems. You’re bang open to the counter-attack.”
Roofe was replaced by Morelos in the second half, only for the 24-year-old to equal McCoist’s European record by heading in a cross from Borna Barisic to mark his 21st goal in 36 games.
Now, before we get started, let’s just make one thing clear. As we’ve previously discussed, we think the Gers could be onto a winner with the former Leeds United striker. The trouble is, the 27-year-old has never been particularly consistent. One week he’s scoring one of the best goals in the club’s history, the next he’s making a fool of himself with a failed attempt at a bicycle kick.
In fact, it’s fair to say that Roofe struggled for consistency during his time at Elland Road. Last season, the £4m-rated Gers forward, who also be deployed as an attacking midfielder in the centre, on the left or on the right, scored 15 goals in 33 games in the Championship, whilst he averaged 3.1 shots per game, via WhoScored. However, he only managed to score three times in the 2016/17 season, as per WhoScored, which should give Gerrard some pause for thought. If he can stamp out this inconsistent form, then great – if he can’t, then that could become a problem.
Whether that be due to the fact that Roofe has only recently recovered from injury or whatever, who knows. But Morelos once again showed that the Gers need him far more than they may be willing to admit.
Say what you will about his attitude – the Colombian’s goal-scoring record more than speaks for itself, as he has bagged 129 goals and 46 assists in 221 games in all competitions in his club career so far, via Transfermarkt. There’s no doubt that those eye-watering statistics will be very hard to replace if he does end up leaving Ibrox.
One thing’s for sure, he certainly saved Gerrard from the potential embarrassment of drawing with a side who currently lie in 10th place in the Polish top flight.