By George Overhill

17th Jul, 2022 | 9:40pm

Rangers forward Kemar Roofe in Giovanni van Bronckhorst plans amid mooted Derby approach

Rangers forward Kemar Roofe is going nowhere this summer and is “firmly” part of the manager’s plans, according to The Scottish Sun.

The Mirror reported on Sunday morning (17 July) that Derby were “weighing up” a loan offer for the Jamaican international, despite having been relegated to English League One.

Roofe, 29, played a key role in the final months of the 2021/22 season after Alfredo Morelos’ thigh surgery, before going down with injury himself, but is apparently secure in his position at Ibrox.

The latest report says: “SunSport understands Kemar Roofe will NOT be joining Derby.

“Gers have no plans to send the striker out on loan with Ibrox sources insisting last night he’s firmly part of [Giovanni] van Bronckhorst’s plans.”

The Gers have signed striker Antonio Colak from PAOK and sold Cedric Itten to Young Boys during the current window, while the future of number one option Morelos is still unclear as he enters the final 12-months of his deal.

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This surely ends this interest immediately since if the former Leeds striker was going to leave he would hope to be playing at a higher level than the third tier.

After 16 goals in all competitions as the Light Blues won the Scottish Cup and went all the way to the Europa League final it would be a significant step down.

As long as the club want him there seems little chance he is going to push to leave unless a club playing at a much higher level were to come in for him.

Despite the arrival of Colak it feels like there could still be movement on the Morelos front this summer.

Whether El Bufalo stays or goes, the 2021/22 campaign showed how important it is to have three options for the central attacking role.

Some of the pieces from the memorable season have started to move on now with Joe Aribo’s exit for Southampton, and Calvin Bassey on the brink of being confirmed at Ajax for major money.

The likes of Allan McGregor and Connor Goldson have been retained though and a whole host of additions have already been brought in so the squad is looking pretty good.

So unnecessary and unexpected exits such as this one are surely low on the agenda at Ibrox at this stage of the window.

In other Rangers news, there is still major interest in one newly-vital first-team player from a team that previously seemed to be out of the market.