Glasgow Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst is facing an interesting dilemma with his options at the top end of the pitch at Ibrox.
The head coach sanctioned the sale of Cedric Itten, who was the third-choice striker last season, and brought in Croatian centre-forward Antonio Colak to bolster the squad.
However, instead of coming in as a back-up, to replace the outgoing Swiss flop, the former PAOK man has established himself as the starting number nine.
He has found the back of the net seven times in nine matches in all competitions and has been a phenomenal signing for the Light Blues.
The Colombian is also out of contract in 2023 and this means that there are huge question marks over his future, as well as Roofe’s.
This suggests that the Gers will need to be on the lookout for potential replacements for one or both of them, whether that comes on deadline day, in January, or in next summer’s transfer window.
However, Gio van Bronckhorst could prevent Ross Wilson from lavishing millions of pounds on a transfer fee and wages by unearthing 18-year-old Rangers talent Robbie Ure.
The teenager made an instant impact on his debut for the first team as he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win over Queen of The South in the Scottish League Cup on Tuesday night.
Ahead of the match, The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell claimed that the gem has a “promising” skillset and, in an interview with Premier Sports after the game, Scott Arfield heaped praise on the ‘big man’ and described his play up front as “magic“.
The gem was handed an opportunity to play after a strong start to the campaign in the Lowlands League. He has racked up two goals and three assists in seven outings for the B team, after scoring two goals in four UEFA Youth League appearances and finding the back of the net eight times in the Lowlands League last term.
Ure has been thriving at youth level and clearly impressed van Bronckhorst enough to earn his first-team debut, which he then justified with his goal.
The Dutch head coach must now continue to help the youngster develop and offer him more opportunities in the senior side to see if he can sustain his goalscoring form over an extended run of matches.
If he can do that then the club may not need to buy a replacement for Roofe or Morelos as Ure could provide back-up to Colak and save Wilson millions in the transfer market by doing so.