By Doug Ward

14th Oct, 2021 | 7:10am

Kemar Roofe expected to be available for Rangers clash v Hearts after Jamaica heroics

Kemar Roofe is expected to be available for selection for Rangers on Saturday when they take on Hearts at Ibrox, according to David Edgar.

The Scottish Sun had reported that Roofe, 28, was a major doubt for the game due to playing for Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier in Honduras in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Roofe scored his first international goal as Jamaica won 2-0 versus Honduras and it looks as though he may be able to carry that form into the Gers’ top-of-the-table showdown with Hearts on Saturday.

“You may have read that Kemar Roofe might be a worry for the weekend in terms of travel because he’s playing for Jamaica,” said Heart & Hand podcaster Edgar on Patreon on Wednesday.

“He of course started there last month and he’s going to feature in their match against Honduras and Honduras is not the easiest place in the world to get back from.

“Unless there are severe travel delays he will be back and available for Saturday.

“That’s not to say that the manager will decide to use him, that’s not to say that there won’t be something that comes up, but at the moment I think any fears of that have been exaggerated to try and create a story.”

Huge boost

Roofe has been in good form this season so far for the Gers and is currently Steven Gerrard’s top goalscorer in all competitions.

The ex-Leeds and West Brom attacker has netted six times in his 11 appearances for Rangers this term with one of those goals coming in the 2-1 win against Hibernian before the international break.

Roofe is a key part of our squad and we need him to be available for every game so even if he can make the bench for the Hearts fixture, that’s a huge boost for Gerrard.

It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday.

We really haven’t reached our potential so far this season with Gerrard’s men grinding out wins in most of their games.

While we’re still top of the Premiership and are better off than we were at this stage last season, performances have been underwhelming.

Hearts will be up for this. We need to improve.

In other Rangers news, a major exit from Ibrox is now a distinct possibility in the January transfer window.