Richard Foster has rounded on Kemar Roofe for his role in Chris Kane’s extra-time equaliser for St Johnstone, after Rangers were dumped out of the Scottish Cup.
Steven Gerrard’s side thought they had escaped Ibrox with a narrow victory on Sunday evening after James Tavernier struck in the 117th minute, but Kane popped up five minutes later via an assist from goalkeeper Zander Clark, forcing a penalty shoot-out which the Gers lost 4-2.
Roofe was one of the guilty parties who missed their spot-kicks, but Foster was keen to focus on his lack of defensive awareness for the goal that forced penalties in the first place.
“I think you see Tavernier recognises too late that no one’s marking him,” said Foster on BBC Sportscene [25/04/21].
“Roofe is there doing nothing.”
We’re not privy to Gerrard’s corner tactics but surely they don’t amount to Roofe just standing behind one of his own players?
Tavernier was the one who ended up closest to Clark but he’s not to blame for the goal as he was already marking a man of his own, who he had to leave to try and cover the Saints goalkeeper.
Maybe people could point the finger at him for not organising his troops from the corner but the reality is that these were experienced players on the pitch who should know their roles at all times.
Roofe is 28-years-old and surely knows better than to just stand rooted to the spot and allow the opposition time and space in the box.
Maybe he was designated a certain space in the box but it was a pretty pointless position to take up if you’re just going to stand there.
He should’ve had the foresight to see Clark and the flight of the ball and make a move to at least attempt to block his effort.
But he failed to do so and we can have no arguments with Foster’s remark, Roofe was hiding in plain sight.
In other Rangers news, ‘Ridiculous’ – Sutton & Savage row over Steven Gerrard after Gers shoot-out defeat v Saints.