Rangers fans have expressed their delight after a key player was snapped back in training on Monday.
Kemar Roofe was a high-profile signing for the Gers last season and although he struggled with injuries at times, he still made a big contribution to 55 and the club’s run to the Last 16 of the Europa League.
The 28-year-old netted 18 goals and notched three assists from 36 appearances, with his long-range strike against Standard Liege during the EL group stages one of the best in the club’s history.
He had a disrupted pre-season before scoring in the opening day Premiership win over Livingston, only to miss the Champions League third qualifying round first leg against Malmo due to suspension and Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Dundee United at Tannadice.
Roofe had been due to be involved against the Terrors but a family emergency caused him to pull out.
“Kemar Roofe’s young child is in hospital,” tweeted Rangers after the game. “Please respect his privacy at this time. Everyone at Rangers wishes him well.”
Kemar Roofe’s young child is in hospital. Please respect his privacy at this time.
Everyone at Rangers wishes him well.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 7, 2021
The post received over 17k likes and over a thousand comments, with Bears and rival fans all offering their support.
And now, much to the delight of supporters, he has returned to training at Auchenhowie, in what is hopefully a good sign in terms of his family situation.
The former Leeds United star features in multiple snaps in a training gallery released by the club on Monday evening.
Roofe is unavailable for Tuesday night’s second leg against Malmo due to suspension but he could feature against Dunfermline in the League Cup on Friday and the fact that the club used a photo of him in a promotional piece for the tie is another sign that he’s ready to return to action.
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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 9, 2021
Here’s how Rangers fans reacted to seeing Roofe back in full training:
Good to see Roofe at training, hopefully that means everything is OK with his kid 💙
— Craig (@craig_m0808) August 9, 2021
Great to see him back. Hope that’s a sign his little one is ok
— RyanClarkKent 💎 (@1872RCK) August 9, 2021
Great to see @roofe 💙
— Wirral Ranger (@WirralRanger) August 9, 2021
Brilliant to see roofe back training 💙
— Alex (@alegil2101) August 9, 2021
Hopefully @roofe little one is ok
— RANGERS 55 (@rangers_flags) August 9, 2021
— RAF_Bob (@raflogs) August 9, 2021
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) August 9, 2021
Rangers fans have also responded to a confirmed major boost ahead of the Malmo clash.