Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hailed the impact of veteran Jermain Defoe, who joined the club on loan from Bournemouth last month.

The 36-year-old managed to hit the back of the net after coming on as a substitute during the Gers’ 4-0 win against Dundee on Wednesday.

Considering Defoe’s age, many would have questioned whether he would be able to score goals on a regular basis for Rangers as he did for nearly two decades in England.

However, the former England international has been great so far in the Scottish Premier League and as things stand, he has scored five goals and recorded one assist for Rangers from seven appearances.

Speaking after the game against Dundee, Gerrard was full of praise for the prolific attacker.

“That is what we’ve brought him here for, to score goals,” he told RangersTV.

“It doesn’t matter whether Jermain plays 90 minutes or 60 or 30, we want him to be a goal threat and his movement is fantastic.

“I used to love playing with him; he’s a dream for a midfielder because his movement tells you where to play the ball.”

The Light Blues must aim to keep Defoe next season as it looks likely that they may part ways with Alfredo Morelos at the end of this term.

Rangers have definitely improved this term under the guidance of Gerrard and look to have re-established themselves as giants of Scottish football after years of underachievement.

However, Celtic are the firm favourites to claim the title this season with an eight-point advantage over their arch-rivals on top of the standings.

However, the Hoops were dealt a major blow last week as Brendan Rodgers left them in order to take charge of Premier League outfit Leicester City.

They have since appointed former boss Neil Lennon on a temporary basis until the end of the season and it remains to be seen if they will be able to maintain consistency in light of the change.

Rangers will hope to take advantage of this and end their rivals’ dominance in the domestic game.

 

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