By Daniel Feliciano

16th Apr, 2022 | 6:45pm

Chris Sutton and Barry Ferguson call for Kemar Roofe to start for Rangers v Celtic

Kemar Roofe deserves another chance to start up front for Rangers against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final, according to Chris Sutton and Barry Ferguson.

Roofe was drafted in for the league game at Ibrox on short-notice following Alfredo Morelos’ season-ending thigh injury, but was completely ineffective as Rangers were beaten in their own back yard.

But after a hat-trick against St Mirren last week and another goal against Braga in midweek, Sutton and Ferguson were in agreement when asked by the Daily Record if he deserves another start so soon after his poor performance in the same fixture.

“Yes,” Sutton said. “He didn’t get much joy against Celtic but he scored a hat-trick the other week and deserved his goal against Braga. He still looks the most natural choice.”

Ferguson agreed, adding that Roofe is a ‘different player’ since the Old Firm clash two weeks ago.

“Yes, 100 per cent. I felt for Roofe in the last Old Firm game as, not only was he isolated, he also went into that match with hardly any minutes in his legs.

“He got on the pitch against Celtic and in Braga, hit a hat-trick at St Mirren and a got goal on Thursday. He’s got his sharpness back and will go into this feeling like a different player.”


Ferguson is spot on with his comments here, Roofe has looked like a different animal since that Old Firm defeat and will be itching to set the record straight.

Four goals in two games, plus two more goals disallowed against Braga, show that he is in great form coming into the game and Celtic will be wary of such a goal threat coming up against them now.

One poor performance in those circumstances isn’t a reason to drop him, especially when you consider that Fashion Sakala was pretty poor in his run as a striker in the very next game too.

He needed rhythm and trust to be able to perform to his best and now he has that, from his teammates and his manager and his goals could be the difference in winning or losing this tie.

Morelos is still obviously a huge loss for the team, because he has an aura about him, but this is a chance for Roofe to set the record straight and prove he is the man for the big occasion.

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