Rangers currently hold a 16-point lead with derby day approaching

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Kemar Roofe could be the man who decides Saturday’s crucial Glasgow derby, according to Sir Kenny Dalglish.

The Celtic legend has been impressed by Roofe, who arrived at Ibrox from Anderlecht in August.

Roofe has become an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s lineup, scoring six goals in his last seven Premiership matches. He also made headlines around Europe with his sensational Europa League strike against Standard Liege in October.

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Rangers face St Mirren in Paisley on Wednesday while Celtic host Dundee United, before the two Glasgow rivals come face-to-face at Ibrox on Saturday.

Depending on the midweek results, Rangers will go into the game with an advantage of between 13 and 19 points over Neil Lennon’s men.

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A win for the league leaders would be a hammer blow for the champions, making victory for Lennon’s side essential.

Dalglish has been impressed by Roofe’s form in Glasgow, and believes the Englishman could make the difference.

Speaking in the Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “In the past few weeks, I have been very impressed with Kemar Roofe. He now looks as though he can be a match-winner.

“He had a slowish start to his Ibrox career, and took time to find his feet. But he now looks to be an astute signing.

“He impressed me when he played for Leeds United, and I actually see an improvement in him from his days at Elland Road.

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“When you think back to his wonder goal at Standard Liege in the Europa League, that must have given him huge confidence.

“To have the ability to beat the keeper from inside his own half speaks absolute volumes for his footballing intelligence.

“Saturday is the kind of game Kemar will be relishing, and he looks to be in a really good place just now.

“the Celtic defenders will have their hands full against him.”

Steven Gerrard’s side maintained their unbeaten record on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Hibs at Ibrox.

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