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Chris Sutton delivers verdict on Rangers display, praises Kemar Roofe

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Chris Sutton delivers verdict on Rangers display, praises Kemar Roofe

Chris Sutton has told BT Sport’s Europa League highlights show that Rangers will be frustrated following their draw against Benfica, but predicted them to still qualify – and praised the growth of Kemar Roofe since his move to Ibrox.

Rangers came into the match having lead Benfica 3-1 in Portugal last time out, only to draw 3-3 after Darwin Nunez scored an injury-time equaliser. On Thursday, Rangers lead 2-0 but ended up drawing 2-2.


Scott Arfield gave the Gers the lead with a close-range finish after James Tavernier’s header hit the bar, before Roofe made it 2-0 with a stunning goal in the second half. However, Benfica came roaring back. Tavernier inadvertently scored an own goal.

Moments later, a lovely move from Benfica saw Pizzi crash home a left-footed effort into the roof of the Rangers net. Sutton said it was another good performance but thinks Steven Gerrard will be frustrated. He did praise Roofe, though.

Rangers v Hamilton Academical - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

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“There in a real good place Rangers, scoring goals and not conceding,” Sutton said. “They have a real identity. Roofe is really growing into a Rangers jersey, his goal was brilliant – and what about that for a finish. That is a top, top finish.

“At that stage you are thinking, they’re looking good. They shouldn’t have let it slip, that will be the frustration for Gerrard. They still have work to do – I think they’re going to do it, but they’ve put themselves under unneccessary pressure.”

TBR’s view – Who is Rangers’ first-choice striker?

Even though he did not get his name on the score sheet on Thursday night, Alfredo Morelos was excellent. His hold-up play, his work rate and his ability to then bring others into the game after holding the ball up was stunning.

Roofe is sensational form, too. Both have scored seven goals – though Roofe has taken just 12 games to reach that total, while Morelos has played 17 times. Gerrard has changed Morelos, though, making him drop deeper – a la Harry Kane.

Morelos should remain first choice but having Roofe and Ryan Kent in behind Morelos is a front three that will send shivers down Celtic’s spine.

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