By Doug Ward

11th Mar, 2023 | 11:10am

Kemar Roofe career should be over at Rangers as Friday update emerges at Ibrox

It’s a massive shame but we just don’t see a way back for Kemar Roofe at Rangers.

Since joining the Gers from Anderlecht in August 2020, the 30-year-old forward has been responsible for some brilliant moments in the famous blue jersey.

But the issue is – and has always been – that Roofe’s injury record is appalling and there’s just no way the Light Blues can justify stringing him on anymore.

Michael Beale confirmed to the media on Friday (10 March) that Roofe will miss the rest of the 2022/23 season after being forced to undergo a minor operation on his hip.

Daily Record journalist Andy Newport shared Beale’s update from Ibrox via his personal Twitter account.

Roofe has played just six times in all competitions this season for Rangers, amounting to just 147 minutes on the pitch.

He’s scored two goals in those limited minutes, which just goes to show that when he does play, he is able to produce fine moments for the Gers.

But Roofe’s in his 30s now and it feels as though the injury issues are becoming more and more common.

Unfortunately for the Walsall-born Jamaica international, these problems have been a theme of his career.

Ever since his days at West Brom, Roofe has become familiar with the treatment room.

There’s no doubt he had his best spell of game-time at Leeds but even then, he was blighted by issues with his calf an ankles.

It happened at Anderlecht too and in his time at Rangers, it’s been a series of thigh, calf and knee injuries before this latest issue with his hip.

As per stats by transfermarkt – who have probably missed out a lot of games, in truth – Roofe has missed a total of 59 games as a Rangers player due to injuries.

Roofe’s £20,000-a-week contract at Ibrox expires at the end of next season [Football Insider] so it feels pointless keeping him for another season just for him to struggle to get back to fitness, play a few games and then possibly get injured again.

We’re sure that the cold weather probably doesn’t help the ex-Leeds forward and neither will the poor standard of pitches in Scotland, whether they’re grass or artificial.

For his sake, he could be best off looking for a move overseas to MLS where the medical treatment is probably better, it’s closer to Jamaica for him to try and have an international career before his playing days are over and get plenty of game-time in a more stress-free environment.

Roofe’s been an incredible servant for Rangers and we’ll never, ever forget that goal he scored against Standard Liege and his role in improving the team over the last few years.

But for his sake and the sake of the club, it’s best everyone goes their separate ways in the summer.

In other Rangers news, the club have sent scouts to watch this European centre-back ahead of a potential summer transfer.