Date: 28th September 2019 at 10:40am
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Jackie McNamara has suggested that Rangers striker Greg Stewart is already frustrated with his lack of playing time after joining the club on a free transfer this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland international says that the 29-year-old was a low-risk signing for the Light Blues after his arrival from Birmingham City but that he is not getting the game time he might have been looking for.

Stewart has played just seven times across all competitions for the Gers, including in the opening two league games of the campaign, although only two of his appearances have come among the starting XI.

With Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos ahead of the former Aberdeen and Kilmarnock man in Steven Gerrard’s pecking order, McNamara says that Stewart will be stewing on the sidelines but that things could change in the blink of an eye.

McNamara told Football Insider: “He was a free agent so it wasn’t a massive risk. There are a few there that they put out on loan, they need players there who can step in when needed. (He’s) experienced but there’s other ones ahead of him just now.

“From that side, obviously he’ll be frustrated that he’s not getting the game time he wants but we might see that change with one or two injuries.”

Stewart is an experienced operator in Scotland’s top flight, playing 133 games, scoring 34 goals and contributing 37 assists in the Premiership.

He is a versatile attacker who can play anywhere across the front three, Steven Gerrard choosing to utilise him primarily as a winger despite having made a name for himself as a centre forward.

In other Rangers news, McNamara has told Football Insider he thinks a former Ibrox star is feeling “bitter” with Gerrard after lifting the lid on leaving the Light Blues.