By Sam Stone

18th May, 2022 | 10:00am

Kemar Roofe to start with Aaron Ramsey on the bench, Journalist makes Rangers starting XI prediction

Journalist Alex Crook believes Kemar Roofe will start for Rangers in their Europa League final on Wednesday [18 May].

Crook also believes on-loan Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey will start on the bench for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

Roofe was injured for the Gers’ memorable 3-1 semi-final over RB Leipzig at Ibrox, however, Crook believes the striker is fully fit and will start at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

Talking on talkSPORT on Wednesday morning [07:15, 18 May], Crook said: “I think Ramsey will probably start on the bench but I think Roofe will start.

“A part of me thinks he [Roofe] has been fit for a while now and I wonder if they’ve been keeping him back in cold storage for this game.”

Crook added: “They did brilliantly to come through against Leipzig without a recognised striker but getting Kemar Roofe back will give the squad a lift.”

Good dilemma to have

This selection problem is a good problem for van Bronckhorst.

The Rangers boss needs to decide whether to persist with what worked well for the Gers against RB Leipzig or to bring Kemar Roofe back into the side.

Roofe has 17 goals and one assist in all competitions this season and is Rangers’ main striking option with Alfredo Morelos out for the season.

Joe Aribo was excellent in a more central role against Leipzig and started in a striking role against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

It is potentially a gamble to start Roofe from the outset with his current lack of match fitness, but the striker does have a finishing ability that could be the difference in a tight affair.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see van Bronckhorst persist with the same side that beat Leipzig and introduce Roofe from the bench if he is required.

Having players of Roofe and Ramsey’s quality on the bench is a great problem for van Bronckhorst to have.

In other Rangers news, One 25-year-old could now be deemed as surplus to requirements at Ibrox this season