By George Overhill

24th Jul, 2022 | 1:40pm

Sheffield Wednesday push for Rangers striker Kemar Roofe loan over English rivals

Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore is pushing Rangers for an answer about Kemar Roofe’s availability, according to Alan Nixon.

The Owls manager sees the Gers striker as the “missing link” in his side and wants to head off interest from multiple English clubs by securing a season-long loan move for him.

Derby had previously been reported as lining up their own loan bid for the Jamaican international [Mirror], but according to the Scottish Sun the forward is firmly in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s plans and there is no intention of letting him leave.

According to Sun reporter Nixon on Patreon that isn’t putting off clubs in the English third-tier from continuing to chase the 29-year-old.

Antonio Colak has arrived at Ibrox this summer to replace the departed Cedric Itten, and scored in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday (23 July), but Alfredo Morelos’ future is still uncertain.

The Colombian is yet to feature in the preseason, while Roofe is also currently out with injury.

No need

It is easy to understand why Moore wants to bring Roofe in, as it is for any number of other teams that are after him, considering he scored 16 times in 2021/22 while primarily playing second fiddle to El Bufalo.

But when the main man was ruled out after thigh surgery the former Leeds goalscorer stepped up admirably, and it was only when he too went down with injury that the manager was left fielding a makeshift attack.

Why van Bronckhorst would sanction a loan exit for one of his forwards at this stage doesn’t make much sense, especially on loan when that wouldn’t even give him extra cash for a replacement.

If Roofe himself suddenly decided to push for an exit because he was desperate to be the number one option somewhere it could inspire a change of heart.

But there is little indication that he is intent on leaving Ibrox, and giving up the chance to feature in the Champions League in order to move to the English second tier seems a questionable idea at this stage.

Until the transfer window shuts nothing can be ruled out, but however much there is interest from outside this seems like a decision that rests on Roofe firstly, but primarily the Rangers manager, and there isn’t much to suggest it is a good idea.

In other Rangers news, another first-team player appeared to be off the shopping list of a highly-interested European club but they still want him.