Dunfermline striker Kevin Nisbet has revealed that being dropped by Pars boss Stevie Crawford has helped him find the red-hot form he is currently in – and admitted that the chance to work under Crawford was a big reason for his move to East End Park from Fife rivals Raith Rovers.

Nisbet hit four in the weekend win over Partick Thistle before scoring the only goal against Ayr in midweek and yesterday picked up the Championship Player of the Month award for his performances and thinks being axed benefited him in the long-term.

After his move from Raith, Nisbet was aware of certain areas of his game he needed to improve on and working under former Scotland striker Crawford was a big part of the appeal.

“I’ve said a few times that me coming here was mainly because the gaffer was a striker and I would learn from him,” Nisbet said.

“I think I have improved certain aspects of my game and having a hard pre-season was good for me because I thought last year that the things I could improve on were my work-rate and my fitness levels. Here, the gaffer’s got me up to speed and he was patient at the start of the season when I wasn’t scoring goals.

“I’ve been dropped a few times too which has been good for me in the long-term and helped me realise that I need to kick on even more and that’s helped me hit a bit of form.”

His form has recently caught the eye of Rangers and was watched by Gers scouts in the win over Thistle but manager Stevie Crawford confirmed yesterday there had been no formal offer made, according to Rangers News.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 17: Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford looks on during the Betfred League Cup match between Celtic and Dunfermline Athletic at Celtic Park on August 17, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Pars play Morton on Saturday, looking for a third win in a row and Crawford’s side are in a good position to pick up three points against a team who have struggled away from home.

With Nisbet currently sitting as the top domestic goalscorer in Scotland in 2019, he’ll be hoping to add a few more to his tally before the year ends

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