Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has claimed it’s ‘only a matter of time’ before supporters see new signing Kemar Roofe shine for the club, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
The Gers paid Belgian giants Anderlecht a reported £3.5 million [The Times] to sign Roofe earlier this month, with the player arriving in Glasgow last week.
On Wednesday night, he made his debut as a second-half substitute in the win over St Johnstone, with the Gers already 3-0 up and cruising by the time he was introduced.
The 27-year-old looked a little rusty during the outing – his first since a Belgian Pro League fixture in December – but his manager thinks it won’t be long before he hits his stride.
“Roofe needs minutes,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “I said the other day that he is ten days or a couple of weeks behind the group.”
“But he picks up clever positions and gets shots off early. It’s only a matter of time before we see the real Kemar when he is 100 per cent fit, sharp and match ready.
“We are pushing him hard in training. He probably did extra in training [on Tuesday] because we knew this would just be a cameo. Thankfully we could get him 30 minutes.
“We have a game behind closed doors next week for the likes of Kemar and we’ll do everything we can to get him up to speed.”
Rangers supporters are excited about what Roofe can bring to the club as he enters the prime years of his career.
The ex-Leeds United striker is a versatile operator who is clinical in front of goal and Gerrard clearly feels his quality will soon shine through.
It seems likely that he’ll be named on the bench against Livingston on Sunday, before taking a full part in next week’s bounce game.
Perhaps, by the time the Gers take on Kilmarnock on 22 August, Roofe will be close to 100% fitness.