Former Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton has urged Steven Gerrard to resist starting Kemar Roofe this weekend.
Too soon for Roofe
Roofe has not played for Rangers since September 17th, when he was forced off in the first half against Lincoln Red Imps. He looked to be hitting his stride after scoring twice in three Premiership matches.
An Instagram post taken at the Ibrox outfit’s training ground earlier this week indicated that a return for Roofe could be close. Speaking to Football Insider, though, Hutton has urged Gerrard not to start Roofe in what promises to be a huge clash. He said:
“It’s one you have to be really careful with, he’s obviously had some niggly injuries over the last couple of seasons.
“He got injured for Rangers and he’s just come back, I saw only a few days ago he put a picture on Instagram that he was back on the grass – I think it would be too soon, in my opinion.
“Rangers are playing well, scoring goals, they don’t necessarily have to change too much at the moment but obviously a great addition to bring back into the squad.
“If he can give you a good 15, 20, 25 minutes if needed then what a quality player to come on and maybe change the game if need be but I think it’s probably a bit soon to throw him into the first Old Firm game where the stakes are through the roof.”
Morelos can do the job
Signed for £4.5m from Anderlecht, there was a consensus that the 27-year-old was set to replace Alfredo Morelos. After all, the Colombia international had been linked with a move to Lille, with him even reportedly agreeing personal terms.
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However, he ended up staying at Ibrox, and in this case, that works to Gerrard’s advantage. With Roofe currently unavailable, or at least not fully fit, the Gers boss has the luxury of starting a striker who has scored 82 times in 149 games for the 54-time Scottish champions instead. In the long-term, Morelos may well move on, but for now, he still has a big role to play.
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