Glasgow Rangers icon Barry Ferguson has spoken about Ibrox newcomers Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten, in conversation with the Daily Record.
The former Gers midfield claims that the Swiss striker’s arrival suggests that Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard might be looking to switch things up from time to time.
On Tuesday, Rangers confirmed the signings of the two strikers on four-year deals, Roofe arriving from Anderlecht and Itten joining from St Gallen.
Roofe, 27, registered seven goals and three assists in 16 appearances for the Belgian outfit last season, despite enduring some injury issues.
As for Itten, the 23-year-old enjoyed a superb season for the Swiss Super League runners-up, claiming 19 goals and six assists from 34 league appearances.
“Roofe was a player who always jumped out for me (at Leeds),” Ferguson told the Daily Record.
“He’s good on the ball but can get in behind defences. He has an eye for goal and was a big part in the Leeds team that almost secured promotion before he moved to Anderlecht.
“Swiss Itten is a different type. He’s strong and pacy, with a decent scoring record for club and country.
“At 6ft 3ins it suggests the manager might be looking to change the style of his team from time to time.”
At the start of the weeks, things looked concerning at Rangers in terms of strikers, with Jermain Defoe out injured and Alfredo Morelos’ future in doubt, but now things are looking rosier with two new strikers at Ibrox.
Itten is a strong, physical striker who would provide a significant aerial threat for Gerrard’s side, in contrast with Roofe’s versatile, all-round game.
As a duo, there could be a great partnership forged between the two, but as Ferguson says, just Itten’s presence could enable Gerrard to try a more direct, battering-ram approach.
And given how a lot of the more modest teams took points off Gers after the winter break, this more direct approach could be just what’s needed to break those sides down.