The official UEFA Europa League account tweeted about Rangers star Kemar Roofe on Thursday, reposting footage of a memorable moment from last season.
There was plenty of excitement when Roofe was signed from Anderlecht in August 2020, but not many Bears would have predicted that by the end of his seventh appearance for the Light Blues, he’d have already scored one of the best goals in the club’s history.
Roofe is capable of the spectacular, as highlight reels from his stints at Oxford United and Leeds United show.
Yet, his goal away at Standard Liege in October last year during the Europa League group stage was on another level.
The 28-year-old won the ball back deep inside his own half and weaved forward despite poor underfoot conditions, keeping three defenders at bay, before executing a perfect finish from just before the halfway line.
Steven Gerrard called it the best goal he’d ever seen live [Sky Sports] and nobody at UEFA is going to forget it in a hurry.
The strike was nominated for the UEFA Goal of the Year and on Thursday, the official Europa League account grabbed an opportunity to repost it.
Earlier in the morning, the account had tweeted ‘Reply with a player and we’ll respond with a goal’.
Replies subsequently came flooding in and one of the first to be followed up on was a Rangers fan’s request to see a Roofe goal.
The forward scored a stunner against Benfica at Ibrox later in the group stages but there was only ever going to be one goal chosen and the Liege strike footage was tweeted alongside the caption ‘Timeless’.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) July 29, 2021
It’s a reminder for fans of exactly what Roofe is capable of, since it has been a while since they’ve seen him firing on all cylinders.
He was just working his way up to fitness with minutes in early pre-season fixtures when he missed last weekend’s friendlies against Brighton and Real Madrid, with Rangers failing to give an explanation for his absence.