By Saikat Mandal

20th Apr, 2022 | 10:10am

Alan Hutton raves about Rangers striker Kemar Roofe

Alan Hutton has showered heaps of praise on Rangers striker Kemar Roofe, saying he is a “fantastic” player.

Roofe is now the first-choice striker for Giovanni van Bronckhorst after Alfredo Morelos got injured for the rest of the season.

The Jamaican forward recently scored a hat-trick against St Mirren and was brilliant against Braga and Celtic.

BT Sport pundit Hutton has suggested that Roofe needs players around him to thrive, as he is a different kind of striker compared to Morelos.

“Roofe has had to bide his time behind Morelos. He had shown glimpses of what he was capable of such as when we went on and scored a winner against the likes of Aberdeen,” said Hutton, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It was difficult for him in the previous Old Firm games because the service to him was not good. He needs bodies around him.

“I played against him when he was at Leeds, so I’ve seen him up close and personal and I know that he is a fantastic player.

“But he’s a different profile of a player. He can hold the ball up, he likes one-twos and getting shots off quickly.

“Morelos is different. He can occupy two centre-backs, Roofe is not going to do that and you have to play to his strengths.”

Spot on

Hutton is spot on here.

Roofe is a different type of player from Morelos. First of all, he is not a typical centre-forward.

He can play as a striker, but at the same time, he is capable of playing in other positions, especially in other forward areas.

Roofe has got fantastic finishing abilities, but he brings different qualities to the side. He was ineffective in the defeat against Celtic and was dropped from the starting line-up against Braga in Portugal.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst understood that simply changing players won’t help, but he needs to find a way to get the best out of Roofe.

It is no surprise that Roofe’s impressive performance has come with the re-introduction of Borna Barisic.

Roofe likes cross to come to him, and he is clever enough to play one-twos quickly in and around the box.

The 29-year-old has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, and he has the chance to take his goal tally to over 20 this season.

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