The Lowdown: Team news
Speaking in his pre-game press conference ahead of the match, Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed that Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out for the next few games through injury, but should be back for their home leg against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Europa League semi-final.
The Dutch manager confirmed that they also have a ‘problem‘ with Roofe after he injured his knee last time out, and the club now hope that he too will return for the home leg.
The Latest: Podcasters react
Taking to Twitter, Heart & Hand gave their immediate reaction to the news on Roofe, claiming that it is a ‘huge blow‘ for the Ibrox faithful:
“Huge blow losing Roofe but it is what is. Fingers crossed he’s back for 2nd leg.”
The Verdict: Not ideal
It is certainly not ideal to be losing Roofe for the next few matches, especially given that Alfredo Morelos is already out.
The striker has come off the back of four goals and two assists in his last three appearances in all competitions, including a hat-trick away at St. Mirren last time out in the Scottish Premiership (Transfermarkt).
Should Rangers start Roofe?
He has made an impact not just in the SPFL, but the Europa League and Scottish Cup as well, and has certainly stepped up to the plate in Morelos’ absence.
Nonetheless, his injury now leaves the Teddy Bears a little light up top.
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