Glasgow Rangers fought back to beat Motherwell at Ibrox and extend their lead at the top of the table.
Kemar Roofe bagged a brace and Cedric Itten struck his first goal in the Scottish Premiership since he opened his account with a late double at Motherwell last time out to ensure Steven Gerrard’s side avoided their second defeat in four days.
Motherwell took a surprise lead after Callum Lang scored inside six minutes, but the Light Blues came from behind to secure the victory and stretch their lead over Celtic to 16 points at the summit of the top flight.
Rangers skipper James Tavernier looked lively, Jermain Defoe was solid albeit unspectacular, but Roofe was in top form to deny the Steelmen any chance of a comeback.
The versatile 27-year-old forward was once again given an opportunity on the right wing and stole the show for Gerrard’s side, even outshining Defoe despite the veteran striker leading the line.
Roofe was at the heart of almost everything going forwards, as he looked comfortable on the ball and confident in possession, displaying high levels of concentration when carrying the ball into the box, as he only lost possession six times.
Moreover, Roofe won two out of four aerial duels he contested, made one clearance and drew a foul, which shows that he was a real handful at both ends of the pitch.
He also took a staggering 4 shots on target – more than Defoe – and had one shot blocked and missed one big chance as Rangers worked their way back into the game. If it weren’t for a wayward shot, he could’ve easily had a hattrick, judging by his individual display.
The Jamaican can play as an attacking midfielder in the middle, in a more central role or on the right, while he can also lead the line as a centre-forward, which suggests Gerrard may have some thinking to do before his side face St. Johnstone on Wednesday night.
Given his impressive run of form in recent weeks, with a tally of eight goals and one assist to his name in the top flight, it’s surely only a matter of time before he starts upfront for the Gers again.