Rangers fans have been sending messages of support to Ibrox striker Kemar Roofe after he was hounded by a fan in Prague, Czech Republic.
Roofe has been targeted by Slavia Prague fans in the past for a high-boot challenge on the club’s goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar in last season’s Europa League.
Roofe would be red-carded for the collision – which was completely accidental – and eventually served a four-game ban, missing the club’s European qualification campaigns.
Kolar suffered a fractured skull after the incident and no-one is denying it was a bad challenge with a particularly grisly outcome.
The keeper is back in the Slavia team but Roofe was subjected to relentless racist abuse online after the incident in a match defined by disgraceful racism.
Defender Ondrej Kudela was given a 10-match ban for racially abusing Rangers star Glen Kamara, who was also given a three-match ban for his reaction to the incident.
No wonder people forget Nigerian international defender Leon Balogun was also sent off in the match.
Rangers would lose 2-0 to Slavia at Ibrox and are returning to the Czech Republic just six months on to face their arch-rivals Sparta.
Worryingly, as the club arrived in the Czech Republic one fan approached Kemar and branded Rangers “butchers from Glasgow”.
Řezník Roofe právě dorazil do Prahy! pic.twitter.com/ogHPlfAfG5
— Medito (@m3d1t0) September 29, 2021
“Hey mate, have you come to injure another goalie?” said the fan [via Twitter account @m3d1t0].
“Butchers from Glasgow.”
Rangers fans – as they did against Slavia – have sent their support to Kemar Roofe and urged him to get revenge on the pitch:
I would love nothing more for Roofe to score the winner against these vermin tonight https://t.co/zDBmfcPRkC
— Lewi55 Wardrope (@Loopy72Wardrope) September 30, 2021
There’s an obvious racial motivation behind this. The deflection from a disgusting racist incident to Roofe’s accidental tackle these people is mental enough. But to still bother the man shows exactly what the people of Prague think of black people. I despise these clowns https://t.co/xYlMUdJloO
— Carson Ritchie (@carsonritchie__) September 29, 2021
— J (@72__J) September 29, 2021
If Roofe was white, they’d have forgotten about it by now 😳 https://t.co/n2fQcybip7
— The Great Waldo (@ThenNow4evaBlue) September 29, 2021
— Alex (@alegil2101) September 29, 2021
Looking forward to a Roofe masterclass in Prague to shut these inbred cretins up. 🔵🔴⚪ pic.twitter.com/Sj7p09zLLt
— Stevie Souness ✪ (@steviesouness) September 29, 2021
Roofe lives rent free in your heads 🤣
— 🧢 (@bear_simply) September 29, 2021
— MT (@Matt_2k8) September 29, 2021
Rangers are preparing to face off against Sparta Prague this evening and face a number of key players being ruled out of the clash.
Here’s how we’re predicting the Gers to line up as the Ibrox club comes to terms with the absence of the likes of Connor Goldson and Ryan Kent.