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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers forward Kemar Roofe is still finding his feet at Ibrox with his form starting to slow down.

The 28-year-old has only scored once in his previous five appearances and has only recently returned from his first serious injury since his summer switch.

Steven Gerrard benched Roofe in the 1-1 draw against Hamilton on Sunday, and McLeish believes the striker is still figuring out how to cope with the demands in Glasgow.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “You would want him to be on fire every single week.

“For that, you would have to go back to the days of Ally McCoist and glorious Rangers goalscorers of the past.

“Nowadays there is a kind of different atmosphere, you just don’t know what the players individually are going through, it must be so strange.

“Roofe, he’s got something to offer Rangers, once he finds his feet – that spectacular goal in the Europa League speaks for itself. Maybe, he’s still finding that identity to play at that every single week because of the demands.”

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Cedric Itten started ahead of Roofe this afternoon, but he equally struggled at the Fountain of Youth Stadium, being replaced midway through the second half.

With Alfredo Morelos missing for one more game at Kilmarnock, Gerrard will need one of his two strikers to find their form quickly.

Roofe could also be missing for that one, with his SFA charge of violent conduct set to come to a conclusion tomorrow, something which could result in a two-game ban.

Either way, his first season has definitely been a success, and maybe these demands are coming from his electric start to life at the club.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish backs Bears to fight SFA-Kemar Roofe charge 

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