Tony Mowbray believes Sam Gallagher will be able to learn from the experienced Danny Graham as he grows into his role in Rovers’ attack.

Graham netted his 50th league goal for Rovers in the midweek draw at Swansea City but Gallagher could get his chance from the start at Bristol City today with Mowbray set to rotate his side.

Rovers have stuck with the same side for each of the last four matches, with Gallagher used off the bench in the last three having missed the Brentford win through injury. He scored the winner at Stoke City last month and went close to snatching another late on at Swansea after an enterprising cameo when replacing Graham.

With Rovers having to do without suspended top scorer Bradley Dack, 24-year-old summer signing Gallagher could get the nod, with Mowbray having belief he can demonstrate his quality.

“I have every confidence that Sam Gallagher will be a huge threat in this league and he can learn from Danny Graham as he grows in to the job and the position,” the boss told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“He’s a threat. His running power is phenomenal, his work ethic for the team is great, he looks you in the eye and wants to learn, wants to know where you want him to go and stand, where to run.

“I’m confident he’ll do the business for this club as we move forward.”

Gallagher has started 14 of Rovers’ 21 matches so far, with a further five appearances coming off the bench.

Ten of his starts have come as the central striker, with Mowbray keen to utilise his more athletic ability at the top end of the pitch.

However, Graham’s return to the side in the last four games has coincided with the unbeaten run, with his goal Swansea ending a four-month drought since netting from the spot in the August win over Middlesbrough.

Gallagher has three goals for the season, all away from home having scored at Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup, Preston and Stoke.

His next task is to turn his cameo appearances off the bench and become a regular starter, and Mowbray added: “He knows that, it’s a confidence thing.

“I’ve always spoken about new players and it’s brilliant if they can hit the ground running and score straight from the off and their confidence is high.

“I know Sam had been at the club before but the fact he had to move up, find a house, get used to the players again, a different mentality of what’s expected, and sometimes you try too hard.

“I think Sam generally works his socks off, sometimes runs out of great positions in to not so great positions because he’s trying so hard.”