By Daniel Lewis

18th Nov, 2023 | 8:10pm

Rangers: BBC Sport pundit Jim Duffy predicts January transfer activity at Ibrox

Rangers are unlikely to move for a new striker in the January transfer window should Kemar Roofe return to fitness, according to pundit Jim Duffy.

The Gers have been linked with a number of players ahead of the window reopening in around six weeks’ time, including Hearts forward Lawrence Shankland.

Philippe Clement will no doubt be eager to add to the squad he inherited from Michael Beale last month, but BBC Sport commentator Duffy cannot see another attacker coming in.

“Philippe Clement to me looks like the type of a manger who would play a 4-2-3-1 which is what it looks at this moment in time,” he told Clyde1, as per the Daily Record [18 November, 12:38].

“He might tweak it, but I think you’ve got to look at the balance of the squad. You have to give people time to assess things and Clement has only been in the door a few weeks.

“He’ll asses the current squad he’s got to see which department he thinks needs strengthening in the January window.

“Whether that is another striker, I’d be surprised. If Kemar Roofe gets himself in a position where he can contribute week in week out – which won’t happen with the boy sadly – but if he can be a part of the options he’d like, I can’t see Rangers bringing in another striker in January.”

Better to wait

Rangers spent big on a flurry of attackers in the summer to rather mixed success. Sam Lammers has struggled, while Danilo and Cyriel Dessers have at least improved since Clement took charge.

Even if funds are available in January, it surely makes sense for Clement to fully asses the squad before splashing out any more money, especially as we await the appointment of a new director of football.

There has been plenty of talk regarding Shankland of late, and he would undoubtedly be a good fit in this Gers side, but the Light Blues cannot keep throwing money around.

Clement has showed in his first five weeks at Ibrox that he can work with the group of players available to him, having made an unbeaten start thus far.

If the Belgian can continue doing so, the end of the season would then present a better time to strengthen any areas he feels the Gers are currently light – even if that does mean signing another striker.

In other Rangers news, an international manager has made a “really sad” admission about a Gers player.