Kemar Roofe becomes a stalwart of Rangers 55 as he reveals line he can’t help but say


Kemar Roofe set the Europa League on fire with a 55-yard goal.

But the Rangers forward insists it was his brace against Celtic that helped wrap up the 55 title in an invincible way that will live longest in the memory of Gers fans.

Roofe is adamant nothing in his career compares to helping secure a first top-level championship in a decade for the club.

And of his 18 goals in his debut season at Govan, two in particular stand out for the former Leeds and Anderlecht star – his brace in the Hoops’ 4-1 blow to Ibrox.

They remain a highlight of the game – although the day the title was practically won against St Mirren is the last memory of his campaign.

Rangers players celebrate winning Premiership title

Roofe said: “One thing I have learned from playing in Scotland and for Rangers is that these goals against Celtic are the ones everyone will remember.

“It’s such a huge rivalry, so for me scoring two goals in this game was a very proud moment.

“I was watching St Mirren’s game (when the title was almost won) from the stands and now I know how the fans feel watching the games.

“The iconic moment was when all the boys ran around the corner to celebrate with the fans at the gates.

“It’s definitely up there for me in my career, nothing can compare to that.”

Roofe says there was no escaping number 55 on a daily basis after signing four days after the campaign began last August.

He told Rangers Official Souvenir Magazine: “I immediately learned how important this season is for the club. Every day someone was talking to me about age 55, and it got to the point where it got stuck and I was talking to people about age 55!

“It’s something you must have embraced and run with.”

Two months after signing, Roofe was setting Europe on fire after coming off the bench to score with an incredible lob from the center line against Standard Liege.

The goal was officially measured at 54.5 yards.

And for a player who had only recently left his Belgian rival Anderlecht, it was a sweet moment.

Roofe aid: “I didn’t expect to score in this game at all, I just wanted to help the team cross the line.

“There were good emotions because every time I touched the ball after I left, I got booed by their fans.

“So that gave me extra fuel to do something.

“Scoring a tap-in would have been nice, but obviously scoring that goal against those fans and shutting them down – that was a good feeling.”


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