By Saikat Mandal

17th Jul, 2022 | 9:10am

Derby County prepare loan bid for Rangers striker Kemar Roofe

Derby County are preparing a loan bid for Rangers striker Kemar Roofe, as per The Sunday Mirror.

The British newspaper reported in their printed edition [17 July, page 74] that the Rams are weighing up a move to sign the former Leeds United striker this summer.

Roofe was superb for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side last season. He scored 16 goals in all competitions, including two in the Europa League.

No way

Derby can forget about getting Roofe this summer. No way.

Roofe is a utility player for the Gers who can play in multiple positions, although he is most comfortable while playing behind the striker.

Alan Hutton described him as a “class” player on BBC Radio 5 Live as relayed by the BBC Website on 10 April earlier this year during Rangers’ 4-0 win against St Mirren last season.

The 29-year-old always delivers when his manager needs him, and it’s really hard to see the Gers letting go of Roofe this summer, that too on a loan.

Rangers have added Antonio Colak to their forward department, while Alfredo Morelos still remains at the club.

An argument can be made that Roofe could drop down the pecking order at the club. But, his versatility makes him an asset, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst can use him wisely.

New owner David Clowes and chief executive Stephen Pearce want to rebuild the club from the administration before their League One campaign and they have earmarked Roofe as an option.

Roofe is too good a player to be playing in the third tier of English football. He is enjoying his time in Glasgow and contributing to his side in European games.

Van Bronckhorst needs depth in the squad as he will look to challenge for all competitions, and he needs Roofe to stay at the club.

In other Rangers news, the Bears are set to have funds released for major new transfer activity with one exit now done