By Noel Whelan

25th Sep, 2020 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Rangers tipped to sign forward on loan after big Ibrox update

Noel Whelan believes Rangers will have their sights set on a potential loan deal for a striker after Kemar Roofe’s injury blow. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen hitman suggests that Steven Gerrard could still be in the market for a new forward if Alfredo Morelos does depart Ibrox before October’s deadline.

As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Gerrard confirmed that Roofe could be sidelined until after next month’s international break with the calf injury suffered against Lincoln Red Imps.

The Gers boss also has Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe as options to lead the line.

However, Whelan believes that Roofe and Defoe’s respective injury histories could see the Light Blues dip into the market for a new attacker on loan if their Colombian talisman does leave.

Whelan told Football Insider: “They either have to keep Morelos which right now, they’re doing a good job of keeping him happy, he seems to be in a good place while he’s playing.

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“No one seems to be putting in any concrete offers for him so right now Steven Gerrard will be very, very happy with how things are going. Obviously missing Kemar Roofe, a long-term new signing, it’s the last thing you want when you bring a player in, but Jermain Defoe is back as well.

“On one hand it’s bad news, on the other hand it’s great news having Defoe back in the squad, we know what he’s like as a goalscorer, probably better than Kemar Roofe, but you need to keep him fit as well.

“That’s the danger, if you lose Kemar Roofe and Jermain Defoe, you’ve got no backup to Morelos, so you’re maybe going into the window, maybe keeping one eye on a loan transfer in the best interests of Rangers right now.” 

Roofe has suffered with calf problems over the last couple of seasons in his spells at Leeds United and Anderlecht.

Defoe meanwhile has only recently returned to the squad after he picked up an injury in pre-season.

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