Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has claimed the multi-million-pound transfers of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten will not affect the situation surrounding Alfredo Morelos and reported £18m interest from Lille.

Rangers signed the two new forwards from Anderlecht and FC St. Gallen respectively, with conflicting reports suggesting the value of these moves is anywhere between £6-9m.

This has led to multiple media outlets making the assumption that these deals may be funded by the prospective £18m interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.

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Speaking ahead of the club’s Europa League last 16-second leg with Bayer Leverkusen, Gerrard is adamant that this not the case.

“If it’s a signal for other people then there’s nothing I can do about that,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“Alfredo’s still a Rangers player, he’s with us over here and he’s focused on the game tomorrow.

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“He’ll continue to be a Rangers player until things change and the only way that will change is if a bid is met that the board and myself are happy with.

“At the moment that hasn’t happened so we move ahead together, we stay professional and we keep trying to get this football club positive results.”

Rangers boss Gerrard also took the time to talk up his new signings with the Ibrox gaffer delighted to add that much-needed firepower to his side.

 

Both players offer something different in the final third and the Gers gaffer went into greater detail as to how he views their role in the side.

“They’re both different profiles,” said Gerrard.

“Obviously different sizes in terms of what you see on the eye.

“Roofe’s very sharp, full of energy, likes to go and press. He’s very selfless for the team.

“He’s got incredible quality around the box and is very capable of scoring goals in numbers, so I think certainly our fans will know more and will have seen more of Roofe because of him playing down at Leeds before he moved over to Anderlecht.

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Kemar Roofe signed for Anderlecht last summer but has returned to the UK with Rangers. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

“In terms of Cedric, Cedric’s one who comes with huge potential, a little bit younger but real strong numbers in terms of goals to games in his career so far.

“Six foot two-and-a-half so comes with power, strong runner.

“So they give us different options. The good thing is they can play together, in terms of how we play they fit into our system.

“I’m really excited to work with them both. They’re both hungry, they’re both looking forward to coming and starting, they both understand where the club’s at and what we’re trying to achieve.

“They’re real big, positive news for Rangers and I’m delighted to get them done.”

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Cedric Itten, 23, hit 19 league goals for FC St. Gallen last season and has three goals in two caps for Switzerland. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Roofe and Itten represent Rangers’ fifth and sixth forays into the transfer market following the signatures of Ianis Hagi, Calvin Bassey, Jon McLaughlin and Leon Balogun.

The Gers have also brought Blackpool youngster Tony Weston into the club.

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