Next Wednesday, Glasgow Rangers face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final and will be chasing the first European trophy in their history, a few years after descending into Scotland’s D4. At the core of the Gers are three former Pro League players who have had varying fortunes in our league. How are they doing at Ibrox Stadium? We make an inventory.
Summary of the 2021-22 season (35 games, 16 goals and 2 assists)
Looking back at the 2021-22 season (35 games, 16 goals and 2 assists) When he arrived at Parc Astrid in August 2019, Kemar Roofe was expected to be the savior. Since Vincent Kompany’s return to Saint-Guidon, the Mauves, then trained by the inexperienced Simon Davies, brought by Vince de Prins in his cityzen suitcases, look for a striker with a false 9 profile and endowed with a certain sense of goal . Pieter Gerkens, midfielder, helped in vain in this position during the first matches of the season and Isaac Kiese Thelin does not seem to benefit from the graces of the staff made in Kompany. Fueled by the intensity of Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking football on the Leeds side, Roofe continues on a season with 15 goals in 34 games played. The striker is coveted by Premier League teams (the Peacocks still only play in the championship), but his repeated minor injuries are holding back some potential buyers. Despite an ankle injury, Anderlecht are taking the risk of putting 6 million on the negotiating table to bring the Jamaican of origin to Saint-Guidon. The Brussels officials know that their new recruit will miss a few games, but are not worried about that, especially as Roofe quickly shows all his efficiency from his first appearances. His deal with Nacer Chadli allowed him to score some important goals before another injury, this time to the calf, held him back just days before the second half of the season. Due to the health crisis that took place in March, he will no longer play for Mauves that season. While we expected him to return for a second season with the Brussels club, he was eventually sold to Glasgow Rangers, who offered €5 million to secure his services. The Mauves, whose financial situation is not good, cannot refuse this offer. Kemar Roofe will therefore play well in the Premier League, even if it is ultimately Scottish and not English. That’s why he left Saint-Guidon with an honorable record of 16 games, seven goals and three assists. At Ibrox, he enjoyed the confidence of Steven Gerrard and made a comeback by opening his personal counter with the Gers on day five of the Championship against Kilmarnock, before the calf who had shortened his Anderlecht experience once again stands his ground in early October. . Back on the pitch in November, he scored a string of goals and found the net eight times in nine games, as a supporting striker behind Jermaine Defoe or Alfredo Morelos. Dismayed by new problems in the calf and then in the thigh, Kemar Roofe misses much of the second half of the championship and does not plant a new rose. However, it is on the continental stage that the Walsall native will shine and become one of the crowd favorites at Ibrox. And the victim that will have him glorified comes from the ancient league in which he evolved. Quiet with the Mauves against the Rouches, Roofe took revenge and gave himself a bang on Sclessin’s lawn on October 22, 2020. He recaptured the leather 80 meters from the goals, resisting three Liège defenders before sending a praline with the right foot of the center line looking over Arnaud Bodart. The Anglo-Jamaican has just made his name in the Guinness Book since no goal has ever been scored further than 49.92 meters in Europa League history. “It’s pure genius, just world class,” said Steven Gerrard during the post-match press conference. “I’ve been playing football since 1998 and I think it’s the most beautiful goal I’ve ever seen. I might not see a better goal, claims the Liverpool legend, who nevertheless saw beautiful goals in ‘Kemar has the vision, the class and the power to send the ball into the goal at this distance,” Stevie G. concludes the stage of the competition’s round of 16. This season, Roofe scored six times until December when he spent another month on the side of the infirmary before being discharged. switched roles with Alfredo Morelos. When the latter was absent, the former Leeds striker became the main draw for the Gers. The man does not forget to be generous, even if not always by sending assists. In mid-April, Saint Mirren launched a online kitty to win his jersey. Nearly £5,000 was raised and art benefiting the homeless in Glasgow. While he appears to have left, the body of the Walsall resident will betray him again. He hit the knee and misses the important semi-final against RB Leipzig, but the Scots nevertheless validate their qualifying ticket for the grand final. Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who is now his coach, does not yet know whether he can count on him against Eintracht Frankfurt. Roofe, who hasn’t played in a month, made the trip to hot Andalusia, but no one knows if he can set fire to the Estadio de la Cartuja on Wednesday night. This season, Kemar Roofe has played 21 games, scoring 10 goals and 0 assists in the Scottish Premiership. In, SFA Cup, he played 4 matches, scored 1 goal and provided an assist). In the League Cup, he planted three roses in two matches. Finally, in the Europa League, his counter shows 8 games played for two achievements and one assist.Review of the 2021-22 season (27 games, 4 goals and 4 assists) Arrived in Genk in July 2019 from FC Viitorul in Romania, Ianis Hagi, 21 and son of Tricolori legend Gheorghe, would epitomize the revival of a club just crowned champions of Belgium. After just six months (14 games, 3 goals and 4 assists), he was loaned to Scotland where he convinced Steven Gerrard to pay the €3.5 million purchase option, despite only playing 500 minutes for seven games and one assist. † It must be said that during the sixteenth finals of the Europa League he mainly managed to convince his coach by signing a double against Braga. A successful performance that said a lot about his qualities and what he could bring to the Scottish giant who was trying to wake up. Last season, the Romanian became a more important cog in Stevie G.’s eleven and finished a successful season with 37 league appearances to his name, good for six goals and 9 assists. On the European stage, however, he was less decisive, despite an assist in the first leg of the Europa League 1/8th final against Sparta Prague. This season Ianis Hagi started on the same basis in terms of playing time, except production was significantly lower. In September he contracted Covid and it took a long time for him to recover. At the end of the summer, rumors of his departure also circulated. At AS Roma, SkySports even reported an agreement in principle between the two parties for an amount of 20 million euros. “I don’t think this is the time to talk about transfers. The transfer window just ended, so there’s no reason to talk about transfers. I’m focusing on my game, on Rangers,” Gheorge’s son said at the time. Injured knee ligaments in January during a league game against Aberdeen, he has since been forced to go to the pool table and already looked out of this Wednesday’s apotheosis until an Instagram post the day before called into question. talks in a video about his journey to return from injury. Will he be able to take his stone to the building on the lawn of Seville? “I don’t really believe it. Coming back for a duel with such a pole after such a long absence seems like a difficult bet to succeed. Even if you are the son of a former football legend. This season Ianis Hagi played 15 games for two goals and a rough pass in the Scottish Premiership. He also took part in five Europa League matches, scoring 1 goal and providing an assist. In July 2018, this completely unknown Zambian landed on the Belgian coast from Spartak Moscow’s reserve team. will turn out to be a good move for the Coasters in the end as it will bring them great satisfaction and especially a nice 4 million dollar sale to the Rangers last summer.The Zambian can certainly thank Alexander Blessin for making the most of his potential. Based on his 31 performances and 10 assists in 102 appearances under the KVO label (and especially 13 of the 28 duels of the 2020-21 season), Sakala ended up in Glasgow in the role of an supersub before finally taking advantage of an interesting game time after his competitors’ various injuries. In the league, he scored 9 goals in 1466 minutes, an interesting achievement, although it was mainly thanks to his performance in the Old Firm that he definitely won the hearts of the Gers. On 1 May, his shot from the left in the 67th provided a share of his colors on Celtic’s lawn. Van Bronckhort places the Zambian mainly on the right wing due to the absence of Roofe and Hagi. Injuries should give him a chance to start this Wednesday’s final. In the Europa League, Fashion Sakala hasn’t had much of a chance to shine yet, having only started in 21% of the Scottish club’s games this season. He has not yet scored in this competition and this epilogue would be a great opportunity to open his goal tally. If he were decisive in the heart of the Sevillian night, Sakala would undoubtedly be even more fashionable in the spans of the Ibrox Stadium