Glasgow Rangers put Standard Liege to the sword in their opening game of the Europa League group stages at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Thursday night.
Steven Gerrard’s side struggled from a slow start before a customary penalty from James Tavernier broke the deadlock. The club captain is now the Ibrox outfit’s top scorer this season with nine goals in all competitions. The right-back has also scored five penalties so far.
Forget about Tavernier for one second though – his teammate Kemar Roofe stole the show after scoring an outrageous goal in the 2-0 win over Standard Liege in the Europa League. It’s one of those goals that has to be seen to be believed.
The Rangers boss singled out Roofe for praise for his ridiculous effort. He said: “The goal was a moment of genius. It was a world class moment. I’ve been playing football professionally since 1998 and it’s the best goal I’ve ever seen live.
“He collects the ball 15 yards outside our box. He is strong for two challenges. He holds the player off for the third challenge and then he takes the player on in the worst conditions I’ve seen.
“Then to have the vision, and the power and the class to score from 55 yards. I don’t think I’ve seen a better goal and I don’t think I will see a better goal.”
Per SofaScore, the 27-year-old won 50% of his duels overall, took one shot on target and completed one successful dribble attempt, whilst he took made one tackle and took 13 touches of the ball, which shows that he contributed defensively as well.
Roofe’s goal is arguably one of the greatest goals of all time, let alone one of the greatest goals in the club’s history. In fact, it’s the stuff that dreams are made of, the kind of goal every child dreams about at night. But his brief cameo shows that he has so much more to offer and shows that Gerrard has options at the top of the pitch.
Speaking to BT Sport, as relayed by The Daily Record, Scottish legend Gordon Strachan hailed the “magnificent” striker, saying: “It’s like a golf shot. You know fine well in the first couple of yards it’s going to be a good one.
“He knew fine well the goalie would be off his line, and that was an absolutely magnificent hit.
“It was deserved for the performance I thought they were terrific tonight, Rangers.”
Rangers are enjoying a 15-game unbeaten run, stretching back to the 1-0 win against Aberdeen at the start of the season. If Gerrard’s side are to regain their title, we suspect that the £4m-rated ace may have an important part to play.