Rangers striker Kemar Roofe has heaped praise on legendary Argentinian boss Marcelo Bielsa for his guidance during the striker’s time at Leeds United.

Roofe’s form for the Elland Road club earned the striker a £7m move to Anderlecht last season but things failed to turn out as planned with the Belgian club.

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Rangers striker Kemar Roofe has praised the influence of legendary coach Marcelo Bielsa during the season he worked under him at Leeds United. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Following a £3.5m summer move to Rangers, Roofe opened up to RangersTV about his experiences with the former Newell’s Old Boys, Argentina and Marseille boss.

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“I took away a lot,” said Roofe, when asked about the season he spent under the management of the 65-year-old coach.

“He changed the way I thought about the game in certain aspects.

“He allowed me to really learn the position because the position was new to me at the time.

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“To really learn it, to get different ideas and like I said, to see the game a bit differently.”

 

In the season Roofe spent under Bielsa in the English Championship the former Oxford United striker hit 14 goals in the English Championship and laid on two assists.

Roofe remains a popular figure with the newly-promoted Premier League club but their loss is certainly Rangers gain as they look to feed off the expertise given to Roofe from Bielsa.

So far the striker has netted twice for the Gers but for the nimble forward the best is yet to come as he approaches match fitness.

“The intensity in training is a lot higher than what I’ve been used to,” said Roofe.

“Unfortunately I wasn’t training as much before I transferred so I had to do some extra running to get up to speed.

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Roofe got his second goal for Rangers in the 4-0 drubbing of Dundee United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I’m getting closer but I’ve still got some more work to do to match the boys because they’re at such a high level and that’s credit to them.”

Rangers signed Kemar Roofe on the same day as fellow striker Cedric Itten back in early August and his signature comes after the Gers were linked to the player prior to his move to Anderlecht.

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