Kemar Roofe thankful for Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa past as striker gears up for Rangers
and live on Freeview channel 276
Roofe has signed a four-year deal with the Ibrox giants whom the striker joined for an undisclosed fee from Anderlecht whom the forward left United for in the summer of 2019.
Roofe says he is fully aware of the expectation under boss Steven Gerrard at Rangers but the forward says three years at Leeds and one at Anderlecht will stand him in good stead, as will his tutelage under world renowned coach Bielsa and former Manchester City star Kompany at Anderlecht.
"I've been fortunate enough to play for Leeds and Anderlecht, who are massive in Belgium,” Roofe told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“I've had good experiences of big clubs where I've had to understand the culture and what it means to the area and to the fans.
“As soon as you understand what it means to the supporters and earn their respect, that's huge.
“When I retire, I'll have not a bad CV having worked with guys like (Marcelo) Bielsa, (Vincent) Kompany and Gerrard.
“They're massive names in the game. Gerrard and Kompany were top, top players in their day who are now transitioning into being managers.
“Bielsa is a well-known top manager so working with these people will only benefit me at Rangers.”
Roofe added: "I know that if you're second you're nowhere in Glasgow,” he said. “But that's the case everywhere.
“It was the same at Leeds for me and in Belgium with Anderlecht. At Anderlecht, if you don't win in style, it means nothing.
“Every club has a way of seeing thing, but the most important thing is just getting three points as often as possible.
“What he (Gerrard) said to me was simple. He wants me to work hard for myself and the team - and play my normal game.
“He wants me to help the team win. It's pretty straightforward, black and white.
“I need to do what I've been doing to get myself here and I can't wait to start.
“The attraction of coming here was a bit of everything for me, not just one thing.
“The opportunity, the players, the fanbase, the history of the club – everything.”
A message from the Editor:
Leeds has a fantastic story to tell - and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been rooted firmly at the heart of telling the stories of our city since 1890.
We believe in ourselves and hope you believe in us too. We need your support to help ensure we can continue to be at the heart of life in Leeds.
Subscribe to our website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app.
With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.
Click here to subscribe.
For more details on our newspaper subscription offers click here.
Thank you Laura Collins