By Joe Ellis

22nd Apr, 2022 | 11:10am

Amad Diallo must be Rangers striker after Kemar Roofe injury news

Rangers have been dealt a major blow ahead of a crucial two weeks in their season with injuries causing two key players to miss big matches.

Midfield maestro Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out of the first Europa League semi-final leg against RB Leipzig and the following weekend’s Old Firm derby.

More impactfully though, Kemar Roofe has also been ruled out of those games, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed in his press conference, via the club’s Twitter account.

While most people would argue that Ramsey is the better player, he at least has ample cover behind him able to do a similar job.

Roofe has none of that whatsoever with Alfredo Morelos already out for the season and this latest news leaves the Dutch manager with a rather enormous selection headache.

Logic may dictate that Cedric Itten, the club’s third-choice main striker, gets the nod for the big games but Fashion Sakala has played through the middle in recent weeks when others have been unavailable.

But there is one other option to lead the line but he hasn’t played all that often for the Gers since he joined in January despite arriving to much excitement among supporters.

That is, of course, 19-year-old Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo who has spent most of his time in Glasgow sat on the bench rather than strutting his stuff.

He has to start getting more chances with the talent he has to offer and this could be the perfect opportunity for him to do that having played through the middle for United previously.

He even scored off the bench as the number nine against AC Milan in a Europa League tie with an inventive backward header.

His creativity and agility could cause real problems for big, cumbersome central defenders but van Bronckhorst has to forget the poor Old Firm display in February and reinstate him to be Roofe’s replacement.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have been excluded from an SPFL commercial deal with all 11 Premiership clubs involved.