Glasgow Rangers coach Michael Beale has waxed lyrical about Ibrox newcomer Kemar Roofe, in conversation with the official Rangers website.
Roofe joined the Scottish Premiership leaders earlier this month from Anderlecht for an undisclosed fee reported by Derniere Heure as being €5million (£4.5million).
The 27-year-old needed some time to get up to speed at Rangers due to lack of game time prior to his move, his 2019-20 campaign hampered by injury issues.
However, Roofe has now got his first Premiership start under his belt and also his first goal, having started and netted the opener against Kilmarnock last time out.
Beale praised the former Leeds ace for his talent and attitude, as well as what he brings to the team, and is expecting him to kick on.
“[Kemar] has brought a real freshness to it,” he told the Rangers media team. “You get a bounce when a new player comes in, we are very happy and the squad is happy because they know the pedigree of him as a player and as a man also.
“So he has come in and brought a real freshness and a lot of flexibility. He is not set to one position Kemar as he is a sort-of hybrid forward – he can play anywhere across the front line and it is nice to see him get off the mark.
“He is obviously slightly behind everybody else pre-season wise, but every single day, you see him getting a bit sharper and it was a special moment for him personally.”
Prior to his switch to Rangers, Roofe hadn’t played a competitive game since December 27 last year when he picked up an injury playing for Anderlecht, so it’s no surprise that he has had to be eased into action.
However, Roofe now has not only got his first Gers start but also his first goal in blue, and as he continues to get match sharp, it means the fanbase should soon be able to see the best of him as the season goes on.