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Alex McLeish has said that losing Kemar Roofe to injury is a “big loss” for Rangers after the striker was taken off at half-time against Celtic.

Talking after the game Gerrard said, “Kemar has a niggle in his quad which we will have to assess and hope he is back fit.”

The striker has scored 10 goals in just 15 Premiership games since arriving from Anderlecht in a £4.5m deal over the summer.

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Talking exclusively to Ibrox News McLeish said, “He did come down on the back of being not really 100% fit.

“The physios have obviously been working with him and doing sessions that suit him at the stage he was at.

“He’s been a fantastic influence when he’s played, providing goals, he’s a sniffer, he assists as well, it’s a big loss if he gets injured.

“A mate of mine was keeping in touch during the game against Celtic and he thought that Roofe was playing an injury.

“He said he thought that Roofe would go off at half-time and he was right – he is a doctor!”

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We’re not expecting any significant outgoings this January and it means that Gerrard has a wealth of options in attack.

However, Roofe’s versatility – he can play on the wing as well as through the middle as the main striker – means that he would be a huge miss if he was to be sidelined for any length of time.

Assessments on Roofe, as well as Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack, are expected later this week.

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