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Rangers: Jonson Clarke-Harris signing could be Roofe repeat

Rangers have been linked with a move for Peterborough United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris recently, and if he were to make the move to Ibrox this summer, it could be a repeat of the deal which saw Steven Gerrard’s team sign Kemar Roofe last summer.

According to Football Insider, Rangers scouts were in attendance at Peterborough’s fixture last weekend which saw them demolish Accrington Stanley 7-0 at the Weston Homes Stadium, with Clarke-Harris hitting a hat-trick.

The 26-year-old, who joined the Posh from Bristol Rovers in the summer as a replacement for the outgoing Ivan Toney, has now struck a superb 25 goals in 37 League One appearances his season, so it is no surprise that he is attracting interest from the likes of Rangers.

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His manager Darren Ferguson was full of praise for his star striker earlier this season, saying: “He is a leader, a winner and a real focal point for this team.”

There are definite similarities between Clarke-Harris and Roofe, who made the move to Ibrox from Anderlecht last summer after making his name in the lower leagues of English football.

Following some disappointing loan spells away from boyhood club West Brom with Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Northampton Town and Víkingur Reykjavík, Roofe was able to find his feet after completing a permanent move to Oxford United in 2015.

After hitting six goals in 16 league appearances in his first season, the striker enjoyed a superb campaign in 2016/17, contributing 17 goals and 10 assists in 40 league appearances, which earned him a move to Leeds United.

After a slow start, Roofe impressed with the Whites in the Championship before joining Anderlecht and then moving on to Rangers after one season in Belgium. The 28-year-old has certainly been a hit in Gerrard’s team this season, contributing 10 goals and two assists in 19 league appearances, which have seen him average an excellent 7.09 match rating from WhoScored.

Like Roofe, Clarke-Harris has endured some difficult loan spells in his career, struggling on loan with Coventry City, Doncaster Rovers and MK Dons during his time at Rotherham United before eventually finding his feet at Bristol Rovers.

The Peterborough United man has shown this season that he can be a huge success under the right manager and in the right team, and there seems no reason why he wouldn’t continue his excellent goalscoring form if he were to make the switch to Ibrox next term.

Roofe joined Rangers for around £3.5m and a similar fee may be enough to see Peterborough part ways with Clarke-Harris this summer, as they only paid £1.25m to Bristol Rovers to sign him last summer.

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Therefore, Ross Wilson should definitely look to bring Clarke-Harris to Scotland this summer, as it could prove to be a repeat of the excellent deal for Roofe last year.

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