Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that new signing Cedric Itten is available for Sunday’s Scottish Premiership fixture at Ibrox, but fellow new arrival Kemar Roofe is a doubt.
On Tuesday, Rangers confirmed the signings of the two strikers on four-year deals, Roofe arriving from Anderlecht for a reported £4.5million and Itten joining from St Gallen for a reported £2.7million.
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.
Neither player could feature in the Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen due to UEFA regulations, so their debuts would have had to wait until Sunday’s Ibrox league meeting with St Mirren.
However, although Itten is fully match-fit, having featured in the Swiss league not long ago, Roofe has not featured since December and needs time to build up his sharpness.
“Cedric is ready to go. He’s trained fully today so he’s available for Sunday,” Gerrard told the PA news agency on Friday, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“But as for Kemar, we’re monitoring his situation as the game might come a little bit too soon. He still needs a bit of conditioning.
“I’d say he is still a week to 10 days behind the squad in terms of general fitness. We’ll continue to speed him up but St Mirren might be a bit early.”
Gerrard also told reporters that Allan McGregor is a doubt, but predicted that Filip Helander and Steven Davis would “be okay for Sunday”.
Rangers got off to a great start with a 1-0 win at Aberdeen and, although they were knocked out of the Europa League in midweek, they were always up against it from the first leg, and attention now turns back to the league.
Roofe was always expected to need a little time to get back up to speed, but with Itten’s last competitive game having taken place on 31 July, he’s likely to go into the starting XI against the Buddies.