Former England striker, Les Ferdinand, has claimed Rangers striker, Jermain Defoe, can be the man to help prevent Celtic winning a tenth consecutive title next season, as Steven Gerrard looks to stop the rot at Ibrox.
The Gers came within touching distance at one point this season of usurping their Glasgow rivals at the top of the SFPL.
However, a bad run of form late in the season cost them, with Celtic winning the title comfortably in the end.
I have no doubt if he leads the line for Rangers next season he will be able to help them stop Celtic. If he avoids injury, then I have no doubt he will be up amongst the top scorers next season. No doubt whatsoever.
Jermain has always kept himself in particularly good shape and the way he trains and looks after himself is second to none.
Defoe managed an impressive 17 goals in all competitions last season at Ibrox, second to Alfredo Morelos.
But Morelos could leave the club this summer, with a number of big European clubs said to be keen on taking the controversial and fiery forward away from Glasgow. That would leave Defoe as the natural replacement for the Colombian in the starting XI.
Ferdinand, though, sees no issue with Defoe stepping up to the plate, despite the former England man turning 38 soon.
He’s as sharp now as he has ever been and that is testament to his desire and work ethic.
Defoe is a finisher, Ferdinand could be right but more will be needed – TBR View
It’s all well and good Defoe banging in the goals but Rangers will need more. Especially so, if Morelos does leave.
That would leave Defoe with a near 30 goal void to fill. That’s asking a lot, even if he can perform to the levels he did during his spells in the Premier League.
There’s no doubt Rangers are closing the gap and denying the tenth title is a big incentive. But Steven Gerrard isn’t silly, he’ll know he’ll need more than a 38-year-old Jermain Defoe if they are to be successful.