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Kris Boyd delivers verdict on Rangers signing Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten

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Kris Boyd delivers verdict on Rangers signing Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten

Glasgow Rangers icon Kris Boyd is “intrigued” to see what Ibrox newcomers Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten can do for Steven Gerrard’s side this season.

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.

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Neither player could feature in the Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen due to UEFA regulations but could get their debuts against St Mirren on Sunday.

 

“Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe seem like two good signings, and I’m intrigued to see how they do,” Boyd told the Sky Sports Premiership podcast, transcribed in the Daily Record.

“Roofe is someone who maybe Rangers have been missing, with his link-up play and eye for a goal, while Itten is the bigger player, 6ft 2in and a presence in the box.

“He’s coming with a good pedigree, but it’s important that both players find their feet in Scottish football quickly because Rangers can’t waste any time and need to keep churning out results.”

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Rangers were in real need of bolstering their attacking ranks in wake of Jermain Defoe’s injury and Alfredo Morelos’ uncertain Ibrox future and they’ve done just that, with two impressive-looking signings.

Roofe – who can play on the wing, in attacking midfield and up front – was actually linked with Rangers last summer, and even though he had his struggles at Anderlecht, he was superb for Leeds United.

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As for Itten, he 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, so as a duo, there could be a great partnership forged.

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