Glasgow Rangers suffered a blow back in July when veteran striker Jermain Defoe picked up a hamstring injury. It ruled him out for a while and he is now trying to get match-fit as he featured for the first time this season in the Premiership as he came on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Hibernian.
His return provides a boost for Steven Gerrard in terms of attacking options and former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan thinks that the 37-year-old will be key to the ‘Gers fronting a good title challenge this season.
Speaking to Football Insider about the striker, Whelan said: “He’s still one of the best finishers around, there’s no doubt about that, it doesn’t matter about his age. He might have slowed down a little bit but if he’s in the box and the ball comes to him nine times out of 10 he’s going to hit the target.
“You can buy that sort of skill but it’s going to pay a lot of money. For Jermain Defoe, it was a great move to get him up to Rangers but now the biggest challenge is keeping him fit. If they can keep him fit this is going to be one very interesting Scottish Premiership this year.”
It us hard to disagree with Whelan as, even in the winter of his career, the quality is still there from Defoe. The 37 year-old has played 702 games throughout his club career, scoring 278 times, per Transfermarkt. He managed 13 goals in the Premiership last season and has scored 26 goals in 54 games for the ‘Gers in all competitions, proving that his powers are not yet on the wane.
Hopefully his appearance against Hibs highlights that he is now fit and his return should be a huge boost for Gerrard, especially with Kemar Roofe sidelined through injury at the moment. If the ‘Gers can keep Defoe fit, he could yet have a big say in the destination of the Premiership title.
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