Kris Boyd showed support for Rangers forward Kemar Roofe after he picked up another knock in the recent victory over Royal Antwerp.

The 27-year-old could spend another two to three weeks on the sidelines according to Steven Gerrard.

Roofe was starting for just the second time since returning from a calf injury that forced him off the pitch in the January win over Celtic.

Boyd displayed sympathy for him, as well as words of encouragement.

He told Sky Sports Scottish Football Podcast (05:48), “It’s a real shame because he’s not really been able to get himself at a level [where he is fit enough].

“We’ve spoken about Kemar Roofe and his performances and I think when he has been fit and played he has contributed to this Rangers team.

“There’s obviously a slight niggle there, a slight problem there that the medical team will need to get fixed and we’ll see the best of him.

“Once he gets a proper pre-season under his belt we’ll see a totally different footballer.”

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Managing fitness

Roofe has proved what he is capable of with 14 goal contributions this season and there is little doubt that he is worthy of a starting place when fit.

Even in his 45 minutes against on Thursday he posed Antwerp problems with his runs in behind the defence – our opening goal came as a result of one of his clever runs.

He should not be concerned about breaking into the side when he returns, and that means Roofe can concentrate solely on his recovery.

If that means delaying his return in order to make sure this calf problem has gone away then so be it.

Roofe was arguably brought back too quickly and that is why this issue has flared up again.

Gerrard is confident in his other forward options and since we are well placed in both the SPFL and the Europa League, we do not urgently need Roofe.

Instead, if he is patient with his recovery he could be back for the latter stages of our European journey.

The second leg of the Round of 16 takes place a month from now, and that should give Roofe a good opportunity of featuring, should we make it past Antwerp.

A fully fit Roofe off the back of a full pre-season is an exciting prospect, but we believe he still has something to deliver this term – we just hope he is fit enough to show it.

In other Rangers news, Ibrox View: Gers ace bounces back from SFA storm to prove he’s the man for big occasions.

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