Rangers star Kemar Roofe answered his critics with a deadly Old Firm double as the Gers romped to a 4-1 victory over old rivals Celtic.
The Ibrox side was on rampant form in Glasgow’s southside to completely dismantle their opponents as Roofe chested in the opener at the same time as Calum McGregor saw red.
The Celtic midfielder was sent packing for a second yellow for a late tackle on Glen Kamara in the build-up to the goal and from there, things were only going to go one way.
Odsonne Edouard might’ve responded with a header just minutes later but Alfredo Morelos put paid to any Celtic resistance by humiliating outgoing captain Scott Brown with a nutmeg before lashing it high past Scott Bain.
As the game approached the hour mark, Roofe – who was an impressive nuisance up top throughout the game – worked it to Borna Barisic and took off into the box with a smart run.
The Croatian would loop a perfect ball onto Roofe’s head and the striker cemented himself as the Man of the Match in that moment.
The entire Rangers side played well this afternoon but Roofe’s contribution was a telling one and he even made way for Jermain Defoe to come on and score his first Old Firm goal.
Roofe, 28, had taken some flack from supporters in recent months ever since returning from an injury and much like the rest of the team has somewhat underperformed ever since the club secured the title.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match Roofe acknowledged the poor form of the last few weeks but also pointed out that this match was a big one for him and his teammates.
A player who has made a particularly telling contribution to 55, perhaps some supporters will think twice about being overly-harsh regarding the striker’s contribution this season.