Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers completed the signing of Kemar Roofe on Tuesday afternoon, the 27-year-old joining the Ibrox side on a four-year deal.
The 27-year-old joins from Anderlecht for a reported £4million fee (Daily Mail), returning to Britain after a year-long stint in Belgium, prior to which he played for Leeds United.
Roofe scored 32 goals in 122 games for Leeds and was highly rated by Marcelo Bielsa, who admitted last August that he couldn’t “be happy” to see the attacker leave (BBC Sport).
At Anderlecht, he unfortunately saw his campaign hampered by injury, but still managed a respectable seven goals and three assists in 16 appearances in all competitions.
Roofe’s former employers have spoken very highly of him, sports director Peter Verbeke saying on the club’s official website: “We would like to thank Kemar Roofe for his unwavering commitment.
“He was a model of professionalism with us. We wish him every success at his new top club. This transfer is an excellent opportunity for Kemar to sign a long contract and it’s also the right choice for RSC Anderlecht.”
Roofe also had very kind words for Anderlecht, as per his Instagram post:
In the space of a couple of hours on Tuesday afternoon, Rangers solved their crisis up front by bringing in two high-quality strikers.
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 great Marcelo Bielsa.