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Rangers hit with Kemar Roofe setback

Rangers have been hit with a big injury setback over Ibrox gem Kemar Roofe…

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The Gers centre-forward was not deemed fit enough to make the matchday squad for the Light Blues in their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday night.

It had been reported by The Scottish Sun that Gio van Bronckhorst was expecting the striker to be available for selection, as the forward was winning the race to feature in the game before ultimately missing out entirely.

Van Bronckhorst will be fuming

The Gers head coach will be fuming because it is a frustrating setback for the Jamaican forward. If the initial Scottish Sun report is to be believed, that means Roofe suffered a setback ahead of the clash with RB Leipzig and it remains to be seen when he will be able to return.

Football Scotland reporter Mark McDougall dubbed it a “huge blow”, and that is what it may be for the Gers heading into the final few weeks of the campaign.

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Whilst it did not have a major impact against Leipzig, as Rangers beat the German side 3-1, one swallow doesn’t make a summer. Indeed, the Gers had failed to score more than once in two of their three matches without Roofe prior to that game.

The 29-year-old has popped up with some important goals for the team throughout the season. Up there with the best of them was his match-winning strike against Braga in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, with the attacker scoring twice in four European starts this term.

He has also caught the eye in the Premiership of late. The striker has four goals and one assist in his last four appearances in the league, taking him up to 10 goals in 21 outings in the Scottish top flight. This shows that he has the ability to make a big impact at the top end of the pitch with his knack for goalscoring, and that is why losing him is a big blow.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Rangers have the Europa League and Scottish Cup finals coming up this month, against Eintracht Frankfurt and Hearts respectively, and they will need as many of their best players available as possible to give them the highest chance of winning silverware.

Therefore, Van Bronckhorst will be gutted by this latest blow to Roofe and will surely be hoping that the ex-Leeds marksman can recover in time to feature in Seville.

AND in other news, Forget Lundstram: Rangers’ £5.4m-rated “absolute baller” got Ibrox “rocking” yesterday…

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