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TT Battle: Timothy Weah vs Jermain Defoe

Last month’s transfer window was a pretty exciting one for Old Firm supporters with both their clubs making significant signings.

The likes of Jeremy Toljan and Steven Davis arrived in Glasgow to bolster Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard’s squads in a season where things remain tight at the top of the SPL table.

It is the additions of Timothy Weah and Jermain Defoe, however, that fans are likely to be most pleased about with the two adding some real firepower to their new teams.

Timothy Weah

Weah has made an instant impact at Celtic Park following his loan move from Paris Saint-Germain, netting against Airdrieonians and St. Johnstone early into his Celtic career.

The 18-year-old is a very composed finisher in front of goal who can do a job out wide, as well as up front, thanks to his strong skill set.

Weah is quick, can beat his man and has the crossing ability to pick out a team-mate in the box.

Ultimately, the USA international has all the tools to become a complete forward and is coming across as a very clever capture on Rodgers’ part even if he is at the club just until the end of the season.

Based on his cameo appearances alone, Weah looks like he could end up playing a big part in deciding where the SPL title heads to come the conclusion of the campaign.

TT Grade: B+

Jermain Defoe

Like Weah, Defoe has also had no trouble settling into Scottish football after he managed to score on his debut in a 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock.

Since then, the 36-year-old has gone on to find the back of the net in games against St. Mirren and Aberdeen, displaying the sort of consistency in front of goal he showed during his time in England.

Defoe has always been a striker who could score on a regular basis thanks to his predatory instincts in the box, something which he has carried over to Ibrox.

A No.9 whose biggest strength is not holding up the ball or linking up play, the previous is what has gotten the England international this far and could now be massive for Rangers in their quest for silverware this season.

TT Grade: A-

TT Verdict:

Things were already interesting at the SPL summit even before the arrivals of Weah and Defoe who have now only added to that.

The two strikers have the ability to sway things in their team’s favour, something which Weah has shown he can do with his game-changing performance against St. Johnstone.

Individually, though, there is still a long, long, long way to go until the PSG loanee can match Defoe, a centre-forward who remains a great example for any young player trying to forge a career in that position.

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