Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers side face Dundee in the Premiership on Saturday as they look to maintain their lead at the top of the table.
The Gers are four points clear of their nearest rivals in the league table after 15 games and have only lost one match this season, after two wins from two under the ex-Feyenoord coach in the division.
The Dutchman could get Ibrox rocking on Saturday with a big selection call. He must axe Alfredo Morelos from the side and start Kemar Roofe through the middle in order to get the crowd pumped when the teams are read out prior to kick-off.
Supporters would surely be buzzing to see Roofe in the line-up after his match-winning cameo against Hibernian. He came off the bench to score from the spot in the 1-0 win on Wednesday, his sixth goal in six Premiership starts this term.
Speaking about the Jamaican last season, ex-Gers boss Steven Gerrard said: “He’s doesn’t stop, he’s like a Duracell bunny. He’s hitting numbers that you don’t really expect from a forward player.”
In the 2020/21 campaign, the 5 foot 10 gem scored 14 goals in 18 Premiership starts, whilst also providing three assists. This shows that he has the quality in front of goal to go along with his impressive running.
Back in 2019, Eddie Gray heaped praise on the pace that Roofe offers at the top end of the pitch. Speaking to LUTV, the 73-year-old said: “He’s led the line well, but he’s got that little bit of pace. It is something we [Leeds] have not got in abundance. Real pace. I’m talking about.”
This highlights what the 28-year-old offers outside of the penalty area for the Gers. He has the raw pace to stretch the play by making clever runs in behind, either leading to him creating a chance for himself or opening up space for others in which to work.
His runs can force opposition defenders to be drawn out into wide positions and this opens gaps in central areas for players like Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo to exploit. It can also cause the full-back on the far side to shuffle across and leave room on the left – should Roofe chase a ball into the channel on the right – and that would leave Ryan Kent room in which to work if the ball ends up being switched to his side.
Therefore, fans could love to see the former Leeds marksman in the starting XI, as he has the goalscoring record to show that he can be a match-winner and the pace to make exciting, clever runs to get them out of their seats at Ibrox. It is now over to Van Bronckhorst to name him in the team come 2pm on Saturday…