Noel Whelan has claimed that is is “absolutely huge” for Kemar Roofe to get his first goal for Rangers under his belt.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the 27-year-old was “repaying Steven Gerrard’s faith in him very quickly”.

Roofe scored the opener in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Ibrox to put the Gers top of the Scottish Premiership table after five games.

It was his first goal for the club since his move from Belgian side Anderlecht in August, the striker put pen to paper on a four-year deal in Glasgow.

Whelan is adamant that Roofe will kick on from here and suggested that his confidence will be high after the goal.

“The goal is massive,” he told Football Insider.

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“It is absolutely huge as a striker to get your first goal. We knew that he was a week behind everybody else in terms of fitness. He was struggling to get going at Rangers but when you get an opportunity as a striker and you take it, it is massive.

“Strikers work on confidence. We thrive on confidence and we get it from scoring goals. We know that Kemar is great in and around the box and we will get goals in Scotland. That is the reason why Steven Gerrard has been a long-term admirer and signed him.

“It took a bit of time to get him through the door but they have got their man and Kemar is repaying Steven Gerrard’s faith in him very quickly.”

When speaking on Roofe after the win, Gerrard said: “The pleasing thing for me is not just Kemar’s goal, it is the cleverness and the linking of play.

“He has a good all-round game and he is starting to look a lot sharper.”

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