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Rangers dealt Kemar Roofe injury blow

Glasgow Rangers’ season went from bad to worse as they suffered their fifth Champions League defeat in succession on Wednesday night.

The Ibrox giants slumped to a 3-0 defeat away to Serie A leaders Napoli and their performance was woeful, lacking any sort of intensity or desire to gain some foothold in the match.

Giovanni van Bronckorst will likely make changes to his side ahead of today’s Premiership match against Aberdeen, although there is limited room for manoeuvre when it comes to rotating his squad due to injuries.

One player who definitely won’t be making an appearance against Aberdeen is Kemar Roofe, with the Dutchman confirming that the 29-year-old will miss the game, saying: “Kemar has picked up an injury so will be missing for a couple weeks.”

Roofe had only returned to action against Dundee in the League Cup recently, having missed every other match this season up to that point, and he displayed flashes of his ability in that 1-0 win.

A nine-minute cameo against Livingston last weekend looked like it was an exercise in providing the forward with some game time for bigger tests ahead.

With Antonio Colak becoming the only person on whom Van Bronckhorst can rely to score consistently, the 47-year-old surely needs Roofe back fit and firing soon in order to save the Light Blues’ season.

Since joining the Ibrox club, the Jamaican has scored 34 goals in 74 appearances – a decent strike rate, especially considering that he has missed 53 games in just over two years.

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Dubbed a “Duracell bunny” by former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard due to his remarkable work rate, Roofe offers more to the team than just goals.

Rangers’ lack of creativity this season, especially in the Champions League, has cost them dearly, and having the 29-year-old available against the Dons would have improved their attacking dynamism against Jim Goodwin’s stubborn outfit.

Indeed, the Dons have made for delightful opponents for Roofe, who has scored four goals in as many games against them, and this just adds to the misery for Van Bronckhorst ahead of today’s fixture.

This match represents a must-win for the Rangers boss, and with the pressure piling on after humiliation in Europe, getting the three points is all that matters today.

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