Rangers will be hoping £3.5m summer striker signing Kemar Roofe will make October’s crunch Old Firm after the player was ruled out of the club’s clash with Willem II.
The former Leeds United and Anderlecht striker is the club’s marquee summer signing and is set to miss the Europa League tie in Holland after picking up the injury against Lincoln Red Imps in QR2.
After initially being included in the club’s Europa League squad for the trip to the continent Roofe has now been removed from the squad list with Leon Balogun included.
The striker is now the third first-team star for which there are growing doubts over their availability for the match with Celtic, joining Joe Aribo and Ryan Jack on a worrying injury list.
Roofe, 27, has a history of calf injuries from his time in England and Belgium, raising questions as to whether it was a mistake risking him on a plastic pitch against the Gibraltar minnows.
Here’s what Gerrard said about the injury.
“He’s been sent for a scan,” said Gerrard [RangersTV].
“We originally thought it might’ve been a bit of tightness in his calf, he thought it was tightness in his calf.
“On assessment, it was looking that way, but something’s showed up so he’s going to be missing in the short term.”
Gerrard was coy about the length of the layoff and that may well prove to be for good reason after Roofe, 27, was ruled out with a calf knock in January whilst at Anderlecht [Transfermarkt].
Amid the coronavirus shutdown, Roofe never played for Anderlecht again with the calf knock putting an end to the player’s first and only season in the Belgian topflight.
Roofe also carried a calf knock the season before whilst at Leeds United and this is clearly a problem area for the striker.
Given how well the player has started the season, his absence will almost certainly be a major blow for the club going forward.
Losing him for that first Old Firm game at Celtic Park would also be seriously disappointing for the club.