Ryan Jack reckons he’s never seen a better goal in the flesh than Kemar Roofe ’s jaw dropping stoppage time stunner that sunk Standard Liege.
The Rangers midfielder was left stunned as the sub skinned a couple of men before launching in to the Belgian’s net from inside his own half as Gers sealed a sensational 2-0 win.
Roofe’s ridiculous effort went viral around the continent after the game last night – but it also nearly sparked a riot on the pitch as the former Anderlecht man riled up his old rivals.
Roofe’s celebrations prompted an angry reaction from Liege players and the 3750 fans who were allowed to socially distance themselves in the stadium.
The frontman was surrounded as both teams squared up and the benches got involved but Jack insisted the bust up was worth it to witness the greatest strike he’d ever seen.
The enforcer said: “Kemar scored a great goal. It was probably one of the best goals I’ve ever seen live in a game I’ve played in.
“Credit to Kemar. He’s been outstanding since he came to the club.
“At the end there was a bit of passion on the field.
“It was obviously good to see supporters back in but Kemar was getting a bit of a hard time. He obviously celebrated his goal, they showed a bit of passion at the end and so did we.
“It was no problem.”
Jack was thrilled to help Rangers get off to a flier in the Europa League – and extend their unbeaten start in group games to 21 years.
James Tavernier slotted an early spot kick before the late Roofe rocket, but Gers had to dig deep for long spells in atrocious conditions.
It was a controlled performance as Steven Gerrard’s side weathered any storms and frustrated the hosts – while posing plenty of danger themselves.
Jack insisted Rangers were worth winners and said: “It was a tough match. It was no easy match.
We had to work extra hard to get the victory.
“They way we set up, we always like to get the ball to the outside but first half we let them get in too many crosses.
“They hit the crossbar and we had a few edgy moments.
“But apart from that I thought the defending was excellent.
“I thought we deserved our win.”
Rangers have enjoyed the ride in Europe in the last two seasons after reaching the group stages three years on the spin and going all the way to the last 16 last term.
Ryan Kent admitted he’s lapped up the continental clashes and is keen to go on another run after helping create another moment last night.
He said: “I’ve loved the Europa League. It’s a competition that I’ve thrived in. I love the stage we play on and I’ve made some great memories.
Collectively as a team we have as well and hopefully we’ll continue to do so.”
Gers are flying at home and abroad right now and Kent admitted the side is being spurred on by the pain of previous disappointments.
The Ibrox club collapsed in the league after Christmas last season and are determined to go the distance this time out while keeping up the charge on the continent.
Kent insisted it’s a happy camp after the boost in Belgium on the back of Old Firm glory against Celtic at the weekend.
The former Liverpool ace reckons Rangers are a different animal this season as there are fierce fights for places all over the pitch.
He said: “The failures of the past two seasons have brought us closer together.
“The boys have really bought into what the club wants, what we want to achieve personally and as a team.
“I think we all know what the end goal is as a team and what we want to achieve together.
“There are no weak links in the team whatsoever. Everybody's competing for places in the starting XI.
“The training has gone up another level and that’s been reciprocated in our games.”