Anderlecht striker Kemar Roofe has addressed speculation linking him with Rangers and described himself as one of the best players in the Pro League, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The Scottish Sun reported late last month that the Gers had revived their interest in Roofe after missing out on the former Leeds United man to the Belgian giants last summer.
The 27-year-old spent time on the sidelines with ankle and calf injuries last season but impressed when fit, scoring seven times and registering three assists in 16 appearances in all competitions.
He’s aware of the speculation about a possible move to Rangers but says he’s focusing on life in Belgium for now.
“I will stay at Anderlecht until someone tells me otherwise,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “I don’t know whether Rangers made an offer for me. I’m happy here and my head is 100 per cent with Anderlecht.”
“As for me being in Glasgow, I don’t think I’ve ever set foot in Scotland in my life. This season, I will get a full pre-season. I only rated myself at seven out of ten last season.
“I know that 100 per cent I am one of the best players in the Pro League. My goal remains that one day I would like to play in the Premier League, play in Europe and, if possible, in the Champions League.”
Roofe is a talented and versatile forward who should be entering the prime years of his career.
It’s easy to see why the Gers may have been interested in him in the past and injury problems aside, there’s no evidence to suggest he wouldn’t do well at Ibrox.
However, his comments here hardly suggest that a transfer is imminent.
He hasn’t guaranteed that he will remain at Anderlecht in the long term but it seems he can see himself in Belgium next season, while his comments suggest he hasn’t had any direct dialogue with the Gers.
If there is interest, it looks as though Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard have plenty of work still to do, but Roofe’s head could be turned by the prospect of European football.