Rangers are on the verge of playing one of their most important matches of the season as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men prepare for a huge clash in Europe at Ibrox.
The Gers are 1-0 down on aggregate heading into this game as they attempt to land a place in the final of the Europa League.
They will need to overcome the one-goal deficit in order to book a spot in Seville and come into the match off the back of a 1-1 draw with their rivals in the Premiership at the weekend.
Gio van Bronckhorst may look to make changes to his starting XI to give his team the best chance of coming out on top against RB Leipzig and one player who must finally be unleashed from the start is striker Kemar Roofe.
He has missed the last three matches with a knee issue and it has been reported that he has made good progress in his recovery. The Dutch head coach is reportedly expecting him to be fit enough for the squad and the Jamaican must finally make his return from injury for this game.
Roofe has four goals and one assist in his last three matches for Rangers in all competitions and this suggests that he has the ability to be the match-winner for the club tonight. The centre-foward was hitting his stride prior to his blow and must now be given a chance, if fit, to show that he can continue to be the main man at the top end of the pitch for van Bronckhorst.
Noel Whelan previously claimed that the forward, who was dubbed a “Duracell Bunny” by Steven Gerrard, can be “invaluable” for Rangers and his recent statistic suggest that to be the case heading into this clash with Leipzig.
One player who desperately needs the striker to start is winger Ryan Kent. The former Liverpool man cut a frustrated figure as he had to play in a front two with Scott Wright in the first leg. He was made to play without a natural striker to link with and only managed one key pass as a result of that.
The winger has produced one goal and four assists in the Europa League this season, with 18 assists in all competitions, and his creativity combined with Roofe’s goalscoring can be the key to Rangers winning the tie. Therefore, they must be unleashed as part of a front three tonight, with the ex-Anderlecht hitman making his return in the number nine role.