Rangers fans are playing their very own version of top trumps this week. Kemar Roofe is reportedly earmarked as Alfredo Morelos’ replacement at Ibrox should the Colombian leave. Whilst many Rangers fans are concerned that the Leeds United striker does not score as much as Morelos, one area he does trump ‘El Buffalo’ is clear. Red cards.
The Scottish Sun has reported this week that Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe is now ‘top of the list’ when it comes to replacing Morelos.
Leeds have reportedly placed a £5 million price-tag on the player who has just one year remaining on a £10,000-a-week contract.
Steven Gerrard is said to be a fan of Roofe’s and if Morelos heads out of Glasgow, expect Roofe to be asked to head to Ibrox.
Rangers will clearly miss Morelos’ goals. The Ibrox star scored 30 times last season. Roofe, meanwhile, managed just 14 at Elland Road.
But one area where the 23-year-old has often let himself down is his discipline. Last season Morelos was sent off five times for Rangers. His ill-discipline exasperated Gerrard and the Ibrox faithful. Overall, he missed eight games through suspension last season.
Whilst Roofe looks unlikely to match Morelos’s record in front of goal, he looks even less likely to match his disregard for discipline.
According to transfermarkt, Roofe has played 286 games in his professional career. In that time he has picked up 14 yellow cards and zero reds.
Yet he does play on the edge, often pushing defenders to their limits and is certainly not afraid to get physical. But his temperament is far better than that of hotheaded Morelos. If Roofe could get close to his goal tally, Rangers might be bringing in a more reliable replacement.