St. Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has admitted that he was left “disappointed” to see Rangers strengthen their forward line days ahead of the Buddies heading to Ibrox.
The Gers signed Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten earlier in the week and Goodwin “wouldn’t be surprised” to see one of them handed their debut tomorrow afternoon.
The Saints boss had hoped the Gers might have had a European hangover after facing Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday night but that seems a bit less likely now after the Light Blues made two “really good additions.”
“When we looked at the fixtures, we knew Rangers were away in Europe and of course from our point of view you are hoping that they maybe have a bit of a hangover from that, like you see sometimes,” Goodwin told Not The Old Firm.
“But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed to see the two new guys come in. They have spent five or six million on two really good new additions.
“I don’t know a great deal about Itten, I have to admit. I did look at him on Wyscout, but I have seen enough of Roofe during his time in England. He started in the lower leagues in England and he has managed to build himself up through the leagues.
“He is about a goal every two games in the last three or four years and he had a very successful time at Leeds, and scored half a dozen goals in 13 league games in Belgium. He’s a very, very good striker and he’s a handful and it gives Steven Gerrard another attacking option to add to Morelos.
“We will need to see what selection Steven comes up with but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the two new lads in the starting line-up, or at least one of them.”
Itten is likely to be involved in some form tomorrow but Roofe will probably have to wait a little bit longer for his first appearance as a Rangers player.
Both players should be massive additions to Gerrard’s squad over the season and will help ease the goalscoring burden on Alfredo Morelos – or replace the Colombian outright.