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Alex McLeish has claimed that Kemar Roofe will be crucial for Rangers in their upcoming games now the summer signing has found some form. 

Roofe has scored seven goals in his last six Scottish Premiership outings for his new club as he looks to have found his feet following his summer move from Anderlecht.

McLeish believes that the confidence that Roofe has built up over the last few games will be vital for Rangers as they approach the new year.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He’s a good signing. I liked his work at Leeds and I had my contacts in Belgium saying he was quite a handful as well. 

“Roofe was finding his legs in the beginning but now he looks to be buzzing and the confidence he must have with scoring these goals is crucial in any footballer’s mentality. 

“Roofe definitely has that now and he is a big asset for Rangers in these coming games.”

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Roofe was deployed as a centre forward in the Gers’ last game against St Johnstone after predominantly featuring as a right-winger this season.

The 27-year-old found the net as he continued his great form, following up the brace he notched at Ibrox against Motherwell just four days before the game against the Saints.

The forward has made sure that the attacking failings of Alfredo Morelos have not negatively affected Rangers with the Colombian struggling in front of goal this season.

Roofe has made a convincing argument to Steven Gerrard that perhaps he should be the main man upfront for the Gers instead of Morelos but it is doubtful that the 27-year-old will become the club’s main striker.

The attacker has performed on the wing as well as upfront and it is in Gerrard’s interest to have as many quality players on the pitch as he can.

This means that if both Morelos and Roofe are available then they will probably both start with Roofe deployed on the right-wing.

This won’t be an issue though as Roofe’s recent goalscoring record has shown.

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