By Doug Ward

12th Oct, 2021 | 7:00pm

Kemar Roofe major doubt for Rangers clash v Hearts

Kemar Roofe “faces a colossal race against time” in order to be able to play for Rangers when they take on Hearts on Saturday, according to the Scottish Sun.

Roofe, 28, is said to be likely to play for Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier away in Honduras, which takes place in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It is understood that due to the distance between Honduras and Glasgow, Roofe is a “major doubt” to be back in time for the Ibrox showdown against Hearts.

Race against the clock

With the match between Jamaica and Honduras set to finish at 3am (UK time) on Thursday, the earliest that Roofe can return to Scotland will be late on the same day.

However, that would mean jet-leg, lack of rest and lack of preparation could all stifle Roofe in his attempts to be ready to play Hearts on Saturday at 3pm.

It’s more likely that he’ll get back into the country on Friday and that further increases the chances of the ex-Leeds attacker being unlikely to play versus Hearts.

It’s a massive shame and a huge blow for Rangers.

Roofe has scored six goals in 11 appearances across all competitions for the Light Blues so far this season.

He netted a vital goal in his last outing as Steven Gerrard’s side came from behind to win 2-1 against Hibernian.

Rangers are just one point ahead of Hearts going into the Saturday showdown with the Edinburgh club so a win is vital in order to relieve some pressure at the top of the table.

But without Roofe, it’s going to be harder.

Luckily, Gerrard has depth in those areas.

In other Rangers news, this £10million-rated Gers ace will see his value soar after a stunning display on Tuesday.