Rangers attacker Kemar Roofe has said that the Gers’ squad depth has been a big part of their success so far this season in the Scottish Premiership and Europa League.
Roofe was on target as Rangers beat Aberdeen 4-0 on Sunday, but started from the right side of the attack for the second match in a row.
With five goals and one assist from eight league appearances (via WhoScored), the former Leeds man has made a great start to life at Ibrox and he was happy to contribute once again on Sunday.
“I am happy but the most important thing is the three points and as long as I can contribute to the points that is the main thing,” Roofe said (via The Herald).
“Scoring or assisting is a bonus. I enjoy playing with everyone. We have a lot of possession and we work on it in training with different ways to attack and the movement. It is good to have the options.
“It is massively important and if you look at the top teams around Europe they all have big squads with top players. There are top players having to sit on the bench and you need to do that these days with the amount of games.”
Roofe has made a really strong start to life at Rangers and is starting to develop a nice relationship with Alfredo Morelos.
While he has predominantly played as a central striker, the 27-year-old does have experience playing out wide and this allows Steven Gerrard to play them both in the same team.
This has helped Rangers add more goalscoring power in attack and that was evident once again at Aberdeen, the match after the Gers put eight past Hamilton Academical.
Whether Gerrard will brave this new approach against Benfica on Thursday remains to be seen, with the former England man having the option to go with Joe Aribo as a more traditional wide man. Ianis Hagi can also play that role and came off the bench on Sunday, but has not started since Rangers win over Lech Poznan last month.
The issue with playing Roofe and Morelos in the same side is the lack of build up further away from goal that they offer, with the two strikers some of the lowest touch players in the squad on average (via WhoScored). It will be fascinating to see how Gerrard deals with this trade off on Thursday.
In other Rangers news, what can Bongani Zungu bring to the Rangers midfield?