Glasgow Rangers newcomer Kemar Roofe has been tipped to “score plenty of goals” by Leeds United captain Liam Cooper following his Ibrox switch, in conversation with BBC Sport.
Roofe has joined Rangers from Anderlecht for a reported £4million fee (Daily Mail), returning to Britain after a year-long stint in Belgium, prior to which he played alongside Cooper at Leeds.
The 27-year-old scored 32 goals in 122 games for the Elland Road side and was highly rated by Marcelo Bielsa, who told BBC Sport last August that he couldn’t “be happy” to see the attacker leave.
At Anderlecht, Roofe unfortunately saw his campaign hampered by injury, but still managed a respectable seven goals and three assists in 16 appearances in all competitions.
On Tuesday, Rangers confirmed the signing of Roofe on a four-year contract, one of two strikers arriving at Ibrox on the day alongside Cedric Itten.
“He was brilliant for us, he was really an important player for us,” Cooper told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound.
“He worked hard for the team and when he gets chances, he’s a serious finisher. He’s strong, he’s quick. He’s a willing runner. I definitely think he’ll score plenty of goals.
“He lives the right way, he’s a true professional. He works hard on the training pitch. He loves the gym. It’s a great bit of business from Rangers and I think he’ll do very well there.”
In the space of a couple of hours on Tuesday afternoon, Rangers solved their crisis up front by bringing in two high-quality strikers in Roofe and Cedric Itten.
Roofe – who can play on the wing, in attacking midfield and up front – was actually linked with Rangers last summer, though the Glasgow club lost out to the Belgian side in the end.
With Alfredo Morelos’ future at Ibrox in doubt, Roofe is a welcome addition to Rangers, a versatile and talented player who has received plenty of plaudits, including from the captain of the Premier League newcomers.