Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been taken aback by industrious summer signing Kemar Roofe, who has “raised the bar” at the club in terms of individual statistics [RangersTV].
The Gers signed Roofe for a reported £3.5m [Scottish Sun] from Anderlecht in August and he’s starting to establish himself at Ibrox after an injury-hit start.
The 27-year-old scored a scarcely believable long-range goal at Standard Liege in October and backed that up with a stunning strike against Benfica at Ibrox last week.
The quality of the forward’s goals attracted plenty of attention, but his manager has also been extremely impressed by his in-game statistics.
“I have to pay credit to the fitness staff and the sports science lads,” he said [RangersTV]. “The numbers that we’re hitting physically at the moment are really impressive.”
“I think Kemar Roofe certainly helps on that. He’s doesn’t stop, he’s like a Duracell bunny. He’s hitting numbers that you don’t really expect from a forward player.
“He’s running more than the midfielders and he’s running the most in the team at the moment. I think he’s really setting the example in terms of what we need to put into a game to get the results we’re getting. Everyone is putting in impressive numbers but Roofe has raised the bar with the last couple of performances he’s put in.”
Earlier in the season, Gerrard regularly spoke of the importance of providing Roofe with sufficient time to get up to speed.
However, it seems even the Gers boss didn’t expect his summer signing to offer quite so much in and out of possession when he reached full fitness.
The ex-Leeds star has started three of Rangers’ four matches since the international break and is likely to be given the nod once again at Ross County on Sunday as a 14th league win of the season is targeted.