Kemar Roofe already being overhyped again despite being bossed twice by Celtic

By David Walton

April 12, 2022

Well it hasn’t taken long for the pro-Rangers pundits to start bigging up Kemar Roofe again despite being dominated twice by Celtic already.

Indeed, you could be forgiven for forgetting the fact that the Jamaican international started up top for our rivals in the last 2 derby matches. He was totally anonymous in the 3-0 win for Celtic back in February at Parkhead.

He was just as bad 9 days ago at Ibrox when he started against the Hoops and only got 27 touches of the ball. He also didn’t even get off a single effort on target and lost 6 of 7 aerial duels against the Celtic backline [Fotmob].

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He looks set to start the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden this Sunday of course. So in a bid to hype him up, it appears as though the pro-Ibrox media figures are getting a touch over-excited with his hat-trick against St Mirren.

Barry Ferguson bizarrely stated on Go Radio last night that he “stepped up to the mark” on Sunday and that his 2 headers were “different class”; He also claimed this shows Roofe is capable of leading the line for Rangers moving forward.

Hmm. Somehow I can’t see the Celtic centre-backs giving Roofe 5 yards of free space in the 6-yard box at Hampden. So unless our defence rapidly loses its quality over the next 5 days, there’s still nothing to suggest Rofoe is a viable threat to us.

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Absolutely nothing to suggest Kemar Roofe will pose Celtic problems

Of course, it didn’t end with Ferguson. Next up was Nacho Novo who labelled Roofe Rangers’ “main man” and claimed that he’s always in the right position. Apparently, he’s the man who’s going to ensure Rangers don’t end the season without a trophy either [Glasgow Times].

You knew this was going to happen after their win over St Mirren. That Roofe was again going to be bigged up as a major threat to Celtic this Sunday. But look at any one of his 3 goals from Sunday and tell me he would get those same opportunities against the Hoops.

The truth is that Roofe is the kind of striker who’s only as good as the opposition allows him to be. He’s not going to use blistering pace to get away from a backline. Nor is he powerful enough to hold the ball up and bring others into play. He relies on the opposition defence switching off so that he can pounce.

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People say he didn’t get the service he needed last weekend. But at the same time, cross after cross came into the Celtic penalty area. Roofe got the service, but he was simply dominated by 2 superior players. The former Leeds United striker simply wasn’t a threat. Nor was he at Celtic Park.

Sure, we could look silly come Sunday and Roofe could bag a goal. But if he does it’ll be through our own defence uncharacteristically switching off. Nothing else. Roofe doesn’t have the skillset to get the better of Carl Starfelt or Cameron Carter-Vickers any other way.

There’s nothing to fear here and it’s not as if the player has suddenly come into some form on Sunday. Hopefully, the Celtic backline prove that to be the case this weekend.

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