'A lot to happen' - McNamara claims 26-yr-old will not replace Rangers ace as Ibrox talks held


Jackie McNamara says that he does not see Leeds United’s Kemar Roofe as a replacement for Alfredo Morelos at Rangers as the Glasgow giants open talks over his capture.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the 26-year-old forward suits a more withdrawn role in attack than acting as an out-and-out centre forward like Morelos.

It was exclusively revealed by Football Insider that the Light Blues had opened initial discussion with intermediaries over taking the Elland Road star north of the border this summer.

McNamara insists that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has a number of other players on the fringes at Ibrox to deal with before Morelos but that Roofe’s capture would not fill the void were the Colombian to depart.

“He’s a different player to Morelos, I don’t really see him as a striker, a number nine,” McNamara told Football Insider.

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“When I’ve seen him before, I’ve always seen him as more of a second striker or a number 10 when he was at Oxford and Leeds. They’ve got other players he needs to deal with like Kyle Lafferty, other players that are maybe not going to feature as much.

“A lot to happen in the next few weeks.”

Roofe, who was missed 13 games through two separate injuries, hit 14 goals in 32 Championship appearances for Leeds last season, helping Marcelo Bielsa’s side reach the semi-finals of the play-offs.

Morelos meanwhile hit 18 in 30 Premiership outings, adding another 12 to his tally in the cups to finish the campaign with 30 goals under his belt.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED the club have secured a verbal agreement for the capture of a familiar face at Ibrox.