By Saikat Mandal

23rd Apr, 2022 | 6:45am

Big chance for Rangers forward Fashion Sakala to prove his worth

Rangers have been dealt a huge blow this week (Friday) after Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed that Kemar Roofe has picked up a knee injury. 

With Alfredo Morelos already out for the rest of the season, the forward line is depleted without Roofe who is set to miss the next two to three games if not more. 

Roofe was outstanding against St Mirren and also impressed against Braga and Celtic. 

Losing him ahead of the semi-final clash against RB Leipzig is a massive blow for the Gers. 

Van Bronckhorst has suggested that the club will have to find a solution to counter the problem, and the Dutchman is pinning hopes on Sakala. 

The Dutchman said in the pre-Motherwell press conference, via Daily Record: “He [Sakala] played well in that position in the last couple of games. 

“We have limited options upfront but other players have to stand up and be given more time to play but that’s why you have a big squad – for moments like this. When players are not available others have to show their quality.”

The 25-year-old is known for his devastating pace but he needs to improve on other aspects of the game, mainly positional awareness and finishing. 

Having said that, he has been used as a striker by the Dutchman in recent games, most notably against Braga in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final in Portugal. 

Sakala was disappointing in that game and was taken off shortly after the break. His movements were predictable and failed to trouble the opposition defence. 

However, the injury to Roofe opens up the opportunity for the Zambian forward to prove a point to his manager. A strong performance against Motherwell is needed. 

We have seen how Borna Barisic has reclaimed his place on the side, and Sakala must this grab opportunity with both hands. 

In other Rangers news. this journalist has backed van Bronckhorst to reshape the squad over the summer.