By Darren Bent

24th Oct, 2020 | 6:52pm

Exclusive: Darren Bent rejects Gerrard claim after stunning Rangers sighting

Kemar Roofe’s long-range strike for Rangers against Standard Liege is not the best goal that Darren Bent has ever seen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker delivered his verdict after Steven Gerrard claimed the effort was the best he had ever seen live.

Late in stoppage time Roofe picked up the ball inside his own half and after skipping past a couple of Liege players launched an effort from over 54 yards out that beat Arnaud Bodart.

Speaking after the game Gerrard said: “It’s probably the best goal I’ve seen live – and I’ve been a professional since 1998. Unbelievable strike and he deserves all the plaudits for it.”

Football Insider revealed on Friday that the deal to bring Roofe to Ibrox from Anderlecht will cost the Light Blues over £10million over his four-year contract.

Gerrard described the transfer as “a massive coup” for Rangers claiming he had been tracking the striker since his Oxford United days.

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Asked by Football Insider whether he had seen a better strike than Roofe’s on Thursday night, Bent said: “I’ve seen two goals better than that and they are both by Robin van Persie.

“The first one was at Old Trafford where Rooney puts him through and he volleys it in.

“The other was when I was at Charlton and he was at Arsenal, Lauren crossed the ball to the edge of the box and it was like a kung-fu kick, it was way too high and it was like a side volley that flew past Scott Carson.

“I remember being down the other end and thinking ‘oh my goodness, what a goal.’”

Roofe has scored three times in seven games for Rangers this season since his summer move.

The game against Standard Liege was his first in over a month after suffering a calf injury in September.

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