Noel Whelan insists that “Rangers will be overjoyed” with Kemar Roofe’s start to life at Ibrox. 

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the 27-year-old demonstrated his “tremendous” ability with his wonder goal against Standard Liege on Thursday.

Roofe wrapped up a 2-0 win and the three points for the Gers in their Europa League tie with a sensational late strike from inside his own half.

The summer signing, who arrived at Ibrox from Anderlecht, has now scored three goals in his seven appearances across all competitions.

Whelan believes that Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff will be delighted with what they have seen from their new man.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I’ll tell you what, it was tremendous – not only to get a little nutmeg but then to hold two players off, then to have the vision to see the goalkeeper off the line – that’s the easy part.

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“The hard part is to get the weight of that shot and the direction. Great goal for Kemar, it really was. They’re the sort of things he can do, he’s got that ability in his locker to do that.

“That was just a tremendous individual, solo goal and Rangers must be overjoyed with the way that he’s started off his career in that blue shirt. If you can keep him fit, they’re the sort of goals he can score, he’ll be a great addition to the side, he really will.

“He works hard, he’s always busy, he’s strong and he’s going to come up with goals that are completely different – outside the box, inside the box, headers and using that imagination of his.” 

Roofe’s substitute appearance against Standard Liege came after he missed six games with a calf injury over September and October.

He has the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe to battle with for a place up front at Ibrox.

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