EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills has claimed Kemar Roofe will be playing at a lower standard if he quits Leeds United to join Rangers this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds defender believes the striker, 26, will be weighing up his options as the Light Blues try and take advantage of his contract situation.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have opened preliminary talks to sign Roofe as they look to sign him for a cut-price fee now he has entered the final year of his contract at the English Championship giants.

Rangers have set their sights on Roofe as a potential replacement for prize asset Alfredo Morelos, who, manager Steven Gerrard has admitted, will be sold if the club’s valuation is met.

“It depends on what Roofe would be going there for,” Mills told Football Insider. “If it’s purely about money and getting a wage increase, and that’s what he wants, then, fine.

“He would be working with Steven Gerrard, who’s clearly a very good young coach. In terms of exposure and standard of play, it’s a lower standard for him. The Championship is a better standard.

“In Scotland, you are playing five or six quality games a season against top opposition. That’s the problem. If you scored 15-16 goals in the Championship, you should be scoring 25-30 in the SPL. If you don’t you’re not as good as people might have thought.

“I understand Roofe weighing up his options and there’s lots of issues for him to consider.”

Roofe topped Leeds’ scoring charts with 15 goals last season, all of them in league matches and yielded from 34 encounters in a campaign in which he was hit by two serious injuries.

He joined the club from Oxford United in the summer of 2016 and has a year remaining on his four-year contract.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are  in pole position to sign a player tipped to ‘be worth £20million next year’.