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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst dealt blow in pursuit of young striker

Glasgow Rangers have dealt a setback over their chances of bringing a new striker to Ibrox in the summer transfer window…

What’s the talk?

Premier League reporter Rob Scanlon has confirmed that Rangers target Cameron Archer will not be going out on loan for the 2022/23 campaign.

He Tweeted: Interviewed @AVFCOfficial boss Steven Gerrard for @premierleague recently: “We’ve made a decision with @Cameronarcher_ that he’ll be staying in the door. He will be part of the first team group and he needs to be ready when called upon to contribute to the team”

The Light Blues have been linked with a swoop for the attacker this summer but will now be unable to snap him up from their former manager.

He could have axed Kemar Roofe

This news is a setback for the Gers as the arrival of Archer would not only have been an exciting one for the club, but it may also have allowed them to firmly axe Kemar Roofe from the squad in the coming weeks.

The Jamaican has been touted with a move to League One in England, with Sheffield Wednesday eyeing him up, and signing another number nine would leave them with a replacement in the door. 

Athletic podcaster Dan Bardell recently claimed that Archer was “born to score goals” and his statistics in the 2021/22 campaign back that claim up.

He scored ten goals and provided two assists in nine games for Villa in all competitions, with all of his strikes coming in the EFL Trophy or League Cup. The Englishman then scored seven goals in 18 starts on loan at Preston North End in the English Championship.

In his time with Villa’s U21s, Archer managed ten goals and five assists in 28 matches in Premier League 2. This shows that he has made a big impact in the final third at youth level and in the first team – catching the eye for his parent club and out on loan.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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At the age of 20, he also has plenty of development left to go through and this suggests that he could grow over the course of a campaign – improving his scoring rate as he gains more experience.

Roofe, meanwhile, is at the other end of his career at the age of 29 and only featured in 21 of Rangers’ 38 Premiership matches last term. He did score an impressive ten goals in that time but his age and the fact he missed 13 matches through injury – along with at least eight (as it stands) this term – suggests that the club could have been better off with the Villa goal machine because of his lack of injury issues, potential, and scoring record.

Therefore, this news is a setback for the Light Blues as they will now need to look elsewhere if they want to replace the former Leeds man in the coming weeks.

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