Liam Cooper assesses former Leeds United colleague Kemar Roofe's switch to Rangers

LIAM COOPER says he has no doubts about his former Leeds United team mate Kemar Roofe excelling at Rangers, declaring: "he's been in these pressure situations before."

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 4:50 pm

Former Whites forward Roofe has signed for the Glasgow giants from Anderlecht on a four-year deal following one season in Belgium after leaving Leeds last summer.

After joining for an undisclosed fee, the 27-year-old will now be tasked with contributing goals towards Rangers' bid to end Celtic's stranglehold on the Scottish Premier League as Neil Lennon's Hoops chase a tenth title in a row.

But Whites captain Cooper says his former team mate is already accustomed to dealing with expectation and pressure having already experienced three seasons at Leeds who signed the front man from Oxford United for £3m.

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RESPECT: Liam Cooper hugs Kemar Roofe after Leeds United's friendly against Las Palmas in July 2018 in which Roofe bagged late winner. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

"Obviously the big one is stopping Celtic's ten but I think honestly it will be like water to a duck's back for him," said Cooper of Roofe, speaking to BBC Scotland Sportscene.

"He's dealt with this pressure before, he's been in these pressure situations before, he's played under expectation and honestly he'll take to it.

"He's a great lad and an unbelievable striker and I have no doubt he will get off to a flyer and score the goals Rangers need.

"He's strong, he's quick and he's a serious finisher, anywhere around the box.

"He works hard for the team and I think the Rangers team will expect that first and foremost.

"But once he gets in those situations he is a real finisher and I definitely think he'll score plenty of goals and I'm hoping he does because he's a great lad as well."

Reflecting on Roofe's contribution during three years at Leeds, Cooper said: "He was brilliant for us, he was a really important part for us.

"He worked hard for the team and when he gets chances, he's a serious finisher.

"He's got a young family, he's still very hungry and he'll have to prove himself going into the Rangers team.

"There's a lot of pressure but he's dealt with expectation so far in his career and hopefully he can get off to a good start and score the goals he can because he is definitely worthy of that.

"He's a very good player and I believe that playing games he will bring the goals to Rangers that they need.

"He's a great lad as well and he will work so hard for the team and it is an amazing bit of business."

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