By George Overhill

22nd Apr, 2022 | 9:46am

Rangers hit by major new injury as Kemar Roofe joins Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines

Rangers have been hit by a major injury blow as Kemar Roofe has joined Aaron Ramsey on the sidelines for the next three matches.

The Jamaica international striker has an issue with his knee, picked up in the extra-time victory over Celtic in reaching the Scottish Cup final.

Welsh loan star Ramsey limped off in the same game and Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed today that both will be missing for at least the next couple of weeks.

In an update from his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Motherwell tomorrow, the club posted on its Twitter account: “GVB: Ramsey we will hopefully have him back around the Leipzig home game.

“We also had a problem with Roofe after the game with his knee, for him it is the same out for some weeks and hopefully returns around the Leipzig home match.”

Huge

This is the last news that fans wanted to hear with the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig coming up this week.

With talismanic striker Alfredo Morelos already out for the remainder of the season Roofe had stepped up.

A hat-trick against St Mirren was followed up by winning a penalty and scoring in the defeat of Braga.

He also assisted Scott Arfield’s leveller at Hampden Park in a strong run of form that had raised hopes of success on multiple fronts.

In his absence Fashion Sakala will most likely fill the gap in attack, but this is now a further step down from the strongest line-up.

Ramsey going off had caused concern that he may have played his last for the club, but scans showed it wasn’t as serious as first thought.

With a genuine opportunity for European glory, and entry into the Champions League, the Leipzig games are crucial, so everyone connected to the club will hope that they can get through the away leg unscathed and the key pair are fit for Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard made the club “sound like Bootle United” talking to Gary Neville.