Kemar Roofe returning to Rangers training this week is “massive” for Steven Gerrard, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker insisted Roofe’s return will mean Alfredo Morelos needs to continue his fine goalscoring form to retain his place.
The Scotsman report the 28-year-old is set to make his training comeback at Auchenhowie this week after missing the last two games with a calf injury.
He was forced off at half-time in the Gers’ crucial 1-0 win over title rivals Celtic earlier this month and has not featured since.
Prior to his latest setback, the former Leeds man had been in prolific form having found the net nine times in his last 11 appearances across all competitions.
A return to full fitness for Roofe will give Gerrard a full compliment of striker options along with Morelos, Jermain Defoe and Cedric Itten.
Itten gave his manager a further headache last weekend when he scored a vital equaliser after being introduced from the bench against Motherwell at Fir Park.
Asked by Football Insider whether Gerrard will be buzzing to have Roofe back in full training, Agbonlahor said: “Yes, 100 per cent.
“He’s a good player.
“I’m sure Gerrard just want options. Morelos will know that he’s not guaranteed to start every game unless he’s banging goals in with Roofe available.
“It definitely adds to the competition for places and that’s a massive thing for a football club.”
Roofe moved to Ibrox from Belgian side RSC Anderlecht in the summer for a fee of around £3.5million fee.
He has scored 12 goals in 21 games across all competitions for the Glasgow giants.
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