Rangers: Van Bronckhorst could now get 'huge boost' for Europa League final

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Rangers striker Kemar Roofe being named in the starting XI will be a “huge boost” to their chances of lifting the Europa League, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Roofe hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury during the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic last month and missed both games against RB Leipzig.

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Having been sidelined for seven games in all competitions, the striker has been in a race against time to be fit for the clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.

With Alfredo Morelos already out for the season, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been sweating over Roofe’s fitness despite his side winning their last four matches without a recognised frontman.

However, while the Dutchman didn’t reveal whether the ex-Leeds striker will start the game in Seville, he confirmed that Roofe is available for the final and might be involved in some capacity.

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“He is important, and I am happy for him. He is there and ready to play a part,” the Rangers manager said.

Not only is a first European trophy for 40 years up for grabs for the Glasgow giants, but victory would see them qualify for the Champions League, which would lead to a significant financial boost.

Therefore, O’Rourke admitted that having Roofe available for the game is huge news for everyone concerned with the Ibrox outfit.

What did O’Rourke say about Roofe?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think if he’s 100 per cent fit, he has to start him and try and get as much out of him as he can.

“Obviously his match fitness won’t be up to scratch because he’s missed a few weeks since that injury in the Scottish Cup match against Celtic, so I think if he can get 60 minutes plus out of Kemar Roofe, that’ll be a huge boost to Rangers and definitely increases their chances of winning the trophy.”

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Should Roofe start?

If Roofe had spent a couple of months on the sidelines, then picking him from the off might have had a negative impact on the team and been seen as a huge risk.

But it’s been just 30 days since he was last in action, and with this by far Rangers’ biggest game for 14 years, it’s probably the right time to gamble on his fitness.

If it backfires, and Roofe isn’t at the races, then Van Bronckhorst can always bring him off and play one of Joe Aribo or Fashion Sakala as a false nine.

Equally, the Rangers boss could look to save Roofe for the latter stages of the game and then bring him on against tired legs.

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