Blow for Rangers as Gerrard confirms injury suffered by key player vs Celtic
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Rangers injury blow as key player picks up knock in massive Celtic win

Rangers have received an injury blow after Steven Gerrard confirmed that Kemar Roofe picked up a knock in Saturday’s hugely significant 1-0 win over Celtic [RangersTV].

Roofe made his first Old Firm appearance in the game but was replaced by Ianis Hagi for the second half.

Kemar Roofe in action for Rangers against Celtic. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

At the time, it was unclear whether or not the change was tactical or enforced, but the Gers boss has now clarified the situation.

“It was certainly on our mind in terms of myself and my coaching staff to make a change because we weren’t happy with the front three in the first 45 minutes,” said Gerrard [RangersTV]. “So a stroke of luck – not luck in terms of the injury because Kemar’s got a niggle in his quad so we’ll need to assess that and hopes he’s back fit – but it actually played into my hands in terms of getting Ianis onto the pitch, who I thought was outstanding in the second half.”

“Ianis takes on information really well and I thought he was really brave to receive the ball in tight areas and Ianis basically produced in the second 45 what we were looking for from our no.10s in the whole game.

“So, credit to him, but obviously it’s a bit of a blow losing Kemar.”

Hagi will no doubt be delighted with this praise from his manager and it was an extremely important win for Rangers in their quest for a 55th top-flight title.

It will be a blow if Roofe is ruled out for any significant period of time, though, with tough away games at Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibernian to come later this month.

Roofe missed a month of action earlier in the season with a calf injury but has since become a key part of the side and has netted 12 times in 21 appearances since his summer move from Anderlecht.

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