Rangers and Jamaica striker Kemar Roofe is expected to be available for the Ibrox clash with Hearts this weekend – provided there are not “severe travel delays” with his return to the United Kingdom.
There had been fears that Roofe wouldn’t have made it back to the country on time or could face issues with fatigue if he returns too close to Saturday’s top-of-the-table tie.
The striker is preparing to face off against Honduras with his newly-adopted international side Jamaica as they look to get their World Cup Qualification campaign up and running.
The match is set to kick off at 1:05am on Thursday morning UK time and that gives Kemar around 60 hours to make it back to Glasgow for the game with Robbie Neilson’s side.
According to club insider and Rangers media partner Heart & Hand, Rangers and Steven Gerrard are expecting the player to be available for the game.
“You may have read that Kemar Roofe might be a worry for the weekend in terms of travel because he’s playing for Jamaica,” said David Edgar on the platform’s Daily Update [13/10/21], available to Patreon subscribers.
“He of course started there last month and he’s going to feature in their match against Honduras and Honduras is not the easiest place in the world to get back from.
“Unless there are severe travel delays he will be back and available for Saturday.
“That’s not to say that the manager will decide to use him, that’s not to say that there won’t be something that comes up, but at the moment I think any fears of that have been exaggerated to try and create a story.”
This will come as a boost to Rangers fans worrying the striker may not be available to play in the clash against the Jambos.
The Gers are currently one point in front of the second place Edinburgh side and heading into he match Steven Gerrard already has a major dilemma in one position.