Alan Hutton has heralded Steven Gerrard for adapting his formation to move Kemar Roofe into a central role for Rangers against Celtic.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old looked better suited as a striker in Sunday’s 4-1 win.
As quoted by BBC Sport, Gerrard admitted he switched to playing two up front to target Celtic’s defensive “weaknesses” on Sunday.
Rangers have played a 4-3-3 formation for much of the season, but moved to a 4-3-1-2 with Roofe partnering Alfredo Morelos.
The switch worked as both strikers, and substitute Jermain Defoe, found their way onto the scoresheet.
Roofe scored twice, including an improvised chest into the back of the net following Ryan Kent’s mishit shot.
Hutton lauded the striker for his performance and suggested Gerrard deserved credit for changing things up.
“He did kind of tinker with the formation,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Throughout the years, Roofe was a winger when I played against him but I like him when he moves in alongside Morelos. He’s such a clever player, he sees smart runs, he gets into areas now and he wants to score goals.
“He’s desperate to score goals and he showed that with his finishes. His first finish off the chest was just ridiculous. That is a hard thing to do, to generate the power. I thought he was excellent up there.
“I thought he worked well in a two. Fair play to Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff to come up with a plan to really hurt Celtic’s backline.”
Roofe has netted 16 times in 34 games for Rangers this season.
However, Sunday’s strikes were his first goals in four Old Firm appearances.