Rangers recruitment chief Ross Wilson has been hailed for pulling off a “blinder” of a coup in signing Kemar Roofe this summer.
That is according to ex-Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, who watched virtually all of Roofe’s matches during his three years at Elland Road.
The forward, 27, is starting to make a mark at Ibrox after initially struggling with injury following his summer arrival from Anderlecht for an initial fee of around £4.5million.
He took his goal tally to the season to five with his double in yesterday’s 8-0 thrashing of Hamilton that extended Rangers’ remarkable start to the campaign.
It was only Roofe’s fourth league start – out of a possible 14 – but he demonstrated his versatility by operating on the right side of the attack as Steven Gerrard rotated his team.
“I’m amazed Rangers signed Kemar Roofe, to be honest,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I saw a lot of him at Leeds and he’s a real talent.
“Credit to Ross Wilson and the Rangers recruitment team. He has pulled off another of a blinder of a deal there.
“Injuries have held him back a bit but Kemar is technically good, mobile, works hard and knows where the goal is. He can score all types – right foot, left foot, headers – and can play down the middle, out wide or slightly deeper.”
Roofe has now made 10 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, scoring five times and supplying one assist.
He made a huge mark with a sensational goal from the halfway line against Standard Liege last month that Gerrard hailed as the best he had ever seen live.