Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hinted that Kemar Roofe will be left out of the League Cup tie against Falkirk on Sunday [RangersTV].
Roofe scored with a stunning strike in the 2-2 Europa League draw with Benfica on Thursday night to move to four goals in his last three Gers appearances.
The 27-year-old forward struggled with niggles and a calf problem after arriving from Anderlecht in the summer but he’s now featuring regularly and becoming integral to how the team plays.
However, Roofe’s injury history suggests a need for careful workload management and speaking after the Benfica draw, Gerrard suggested that his summer signing won’t be risked at Falkirk.
“He’s repeating training sessions now and he’s available for games – he’s got no niggles or pains and I think you can see signs that he’s getting close to his best,” he said [RangersTV]. “He looked dangerous throughout, he scored a fantastic goal and we’re really pleased with him at the moment.”
“I think now he’s played quite a few on the spin I need to be sensible with Kemar for the weekend. So we’ll make that decision in the coming days.
“We need to keep him fit for the big games domestically because he’s going to be a big help to the squad.”
Gerrard can’t afford to take Falkirk lightly at the weekend, given the importance of the League Cup to the club and the Bairns’ strong start to the season.
However, given the strength in depth in the Rangers squad right now, even a much-changed side should be far too strong for their opponents.
Resting Roofe would be a wise call, while other key men like Allan McGregor, Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos are all also likely to drop out of the playing XI.