By Noel Whelan

11th Aug, 2020 | 5:45pm

Exclusive: Top pundit makes big Roofe claim ahead of Rangers debut at Ibrox

Noel Whelan has backed new Rangers recruit Kemar Roofe to handle the pressure at Ibrox as he prepares to make his debut for the club.

The former Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 27-year-old’s experience at Leeds and Anderlecht should stand him in good stead for his time at Ibrox.

Roofe was not fit to make his debut against St Mirren on Sunday but is in contention to face St Johnstone tomorrow night at Ibrox.

The striker, who scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Anderlecht last season, will have to hit the ground running in a blue shirt with so much at stake this season for the Gers.

Whelan insisted that the centre-forward will be “itching” to get started.

“There is different kind of pressure,” he told Football Insider.

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“Strikers are always under pressure because they are there to score goals. There is always that pressure, no matter what the situation.

“Kemar has got a good head on him. He is calm and does not seem to let things fluster him too much.

“Being at Leeds and Anderlecht, big clubs, the pressure that is expected from the fans at both of those clubs will help him. It is a similar kind of cauldron to Ibrox.

“I do no think Kemar will suffer too much, if anything he will be itching to get his chance and get his first goal under his belt. There is pressure on every single player at Ibrox right now to win a title.”

Shortly after the move, Roofe told The Telegraph: ““I know that if you’re second you’re nowhere in Glasgow, but that’s the case everywhere.

“It was the same at Leeds for me and in Belgium with Anderlecht. At Anderlecht, if you don’t win in style, it means nothing.”

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Sunderland and Joey Barton are in the hunt to sign a defender who has quit Ibrox.