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Alex McLeish has tipped rarely-seen Rangers forward Greg Stewart to leave Ibrox after the recent AGM in Glasgow.

Stewart Robinson has recently admitted that the Bears will need to start offloading “one or two” players every year to balance the books financially.

That responsibility will fall to Steven Gerrard, and McLeish believes that Stewart is an obvious candidate given his lack of football this season.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He came in for one of the games, he excelled and had a good game – he’s a kind of mercurial character.

“He has a gift with the ball, but it just hasn’t transpired for him in terms of consistency and yeah, Rangers have to at some stage have to balance the books.

“They also have to be aware that some players are not happy. I don’t know, Greg may be happy just to be a back-up, but I’m sure deep down he’ll be wanting to go and play football every week.”

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Stewart is an obvious candidate to leave.

The 30-year-old last came on in the 4-0 win over Falkirk last month but hasn’t featured in the Scottish Premiership since August.

Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe are all miles ahead of him in the pecking order, and he is currently stealing wages at Ibrox.

This could happen sooner rather than later.

Football Insider have reported that the Light Blues are set to cash in on Stewart in the upcoming January window in order to raise funds.

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