As often underappreciated Rangers star Kemar Roofe made his 50th appearance for the Ibrox club against St Mirren, he capped the performance with a 26th goal for the Gers.

The Jamaican international has amassed the impressive scoring tally in only 34 starts and this season sits as the club’s top scorer with 8 goals to date.

The ex-Leeds United man’s goal in the 2-1 win over St Mirren was overshadowed by the 100th Rangers goal of strike partner Alfredo Morelos and there’s something symbolic in this when considered against Roofe’s Rangers career.

A prolific forward who combines lethal finishing with neat link-up play and that ability to be in the right place at the right time, out of everyone in the squad – Jermain Defoe aside – Roofe is probably the most natural number 9 at the club.

And yet throughout his career to date, there’s a feeling that the striker is actually underappreciated at Rangers.

Alfredo Morelos has often grabbed the headlines – for good and bad reasons at times – whilst Kemar Roofe has always been quietly effective whilst the conversation has raged around the Colombian.

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A striker seemingly unfazed by any competition, European and domestic, there’s a real predatory style to Roofe’s play and the striker so often gets on the end of crosses deep in the 18-yard box or is quickest to react when the ball falls. And it’s consistent.

 

Kemar has also never lost a Scottish Premiership game in a Rangers shirt, his absence from the Ibrox side’s 1-0 defeat to Dundee United due to his kid having an illness further evidence of the forward’s importance to the side.

Underappreciated Kemar Roofe understands need for consistency at Rangers

There was however a dip in the player’s performances following an injury last season following the turn of the year.

But it was in this moment – which Kemar appeared to Roofelessly overturn with a double in a 4-2 win v Celtic – that the striker understood the demands for consistency at Ibrox.

Even with those two Old Firm goals came an expectancy of sorts; Alfredo Morelos’ first derby strikes and Jermain Defoe’s goal against our Old Firm rivals received greater fanfare whilst a Roofe double went somewhat under the radar.

The reported £3.5m spent to bring him to Ibrox from Anderlecht last summer is amongst the best money spent during Steven Gerrard’s reign and don’t be surprised to see the forward wind up top scorer this season.

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Kemar Roofe has often been underappreciated at Rangers with Alfredo Morelos regularly grabbing the headlines. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 28-year-old would’ve been in the last campaign (18) had it not been for the relentless James Tavernier (19).

And – just as in the legendary success of the last campaign – it’ll be Roofe’s near 20 goals a season which can be the difference in the title race.

Only, perhaps this time the striker will get the credit he deserves for doing so.

Meanwhile, the Ibrox club have leapt to the defence of a leading Ibrox star after criticism regarding coverage of the Man Utd v Liverpool match in the Premier League.

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