Rangers have been counting the cost of injuries all season long but ahead of the clash with Liverpool, Kemar Roofe was a welcome addition to first-team training.
The Jamaican international forward, 29, has yet to play this season and hasn’t been seen since turning out at the end of the Europa League Final in Seville.
But now the striker is back in first-team training and Kemar Roofe was snapped being put through his paces alongside his Rangers teammates.
However, it remains unclear exactly when the ex-Leeds United and Anderlecht star will be ready to play with his last outing coming five months ago.
Ibrox manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has previously spoken about the player’s return and claimed he hopes it’s “sooner rather than later” for both the player and team’s sake.
“Kemar Roofe is training parts of the training sessions now so we need to keep assessing him and see when he is back,” said van Bronckhorst.
“Hopefully that is sooner rather than later – both for Kemar and me as a coach.”
Kemar Roofe return boosts Rangers options
The fact Roofe is still to come back into the side will be of great excitement to Rangers fans who have seen Antonio Colak hit the ground running at Ibrox this season.
Scoring 13 goals in his first 16 Rangers games, the forward is staking a huge claim for the striking berth at the club amid competition from Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos.
To then add Kemar Roofe to the mix – the forward netting 34 goals in 72 games for Rangers – means the club currently has a wide and diverse array of goalscoring options.
It’s a big boost for Rangers and hopefully the reintroduction of Kemar Roofe can keep the other two forwards on their toes as the Ibrox crowd welcome the return of yet more goalscoring options.
Rangers remain in the hunt for a Europa League berth but the Ibrox club really need to get something against Liverpool and hope Napoli do the business v Ajax.