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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst must keep Kemar Roofe

Journalist Pete O’Rourke has provided an update on the future of Glasgow Rangers striker Kemar Roofe, amid interest from a handful of English Football League clubs.

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Speaking to This is Futbol, the transfer insider confirmed that there is interest in the 29-year-old from both Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County – as has been reported – with the Premiership giants potentially set to sanction an exit if the Jamaica international wishes to return south of the border.

O’Rourke stated: “Roofe obviously had a few injury problems of his own last season. I’m sure he’s had a good time up in Scotland as well, but the chance to move to England is obviously there.

“There is interest from the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby, so maybe he wants to move back down south as well.

“If that’s the case, maybe Rangers would be willing to let him leave, but I think ideally, Van Bronckhorst will be looking to keep hold of that squad and maybe add to it rather than take away from it, really.”

Van Bronckhorst heading for a mistake

Although O’Rourke suggested that the ideal plan would be to keep the former Anderlecht marksman at Ibrox, it is no doubt concerning that Rangers could possibly let the forward depart if he wishes to return to England.

In truth, it would also be a headscratcher as to why the Walsall-born ace would trade competing for silverware and European nights at Ibrox for life in League One in England, with there seemingly still a role to play in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s ranks moving forward.

While the former Leeds United man has been plagued by injury since arriving in Glasgow two years ago, he still boasts an impressive record for the Gers, having scored 34 goals and provided five assists in 72 games across all competitions.

That tally includes a haul of 18 goal contributions in 36 games last season, netting ten goals in just 21 Premiership games – an even more eye-catching return considering that he started just nine league matches in total.

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The £4.95m-rated marksman offers not only a goalscoring threat but also an invaluable versatility to feature anywhere across the frontline, with such an asset seemingly not one who should be allowed to head for the exit.

With talisman Alfredo Morelos only just nearing his return from a long-term injury and with doubts over the Colombian’s future at the club – with less than 12 months left on his contract – further cover in the attacking ranks is seemingly needed at Ibrox.

Equally, while the new season is still in its infancy, summer arrival Antonio Colak has failed to really make his mark when leading the line as yet, with the Croatian striker having been dubbed a “waste of time” by pundit Mark Hateley following his performance in the defeat to Union Saint-Gilloise in midweek.

Amid all that uncertainty over the centre-forward role – having also seen Cedric Itten join BSC Young Boys – it is clear to see that having Roofe in tow could well be crucial for the Gers this season, with it set to be a notable mistake if he is allowed to depart Glasgow.

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