Rangers boss Steven Gerrard praised veteran striker Jremain Defoe after he helped his side to a narrow victory over St Mirren on Wednesday night.
The Light Blues recorded a 1-0 win at Ibrox and just couldn’t quite convert their domination on the ball into more goals.
Defoe did pop up with the winner to snatch three vital league points though, as he instinctively tapped in a cross from assist machine Borna Barisic.
Defoe has stepped in well during Alfredo Morelo’s latest suspension and he helped keep Rangers two points behind leaders Celtic in the league table, having played a match less too.
The 37-year-old Englishman is still clinical around the penalty area despite being in the latter stages of his career and has been a major success at Ibrox.
Gerrard expressed his delight with the centre-forward after his latest contribution.
“It’s the reason why I brought him in, and it’s the reason why he has scored so many goals,” Gerrard said in response to Defoe being the match-winner, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
“He is a predator, he is a box player and that’s two in two from him in the last two games.
“We’ll rest him up and have him ready for Hearts as he has been to Hearts before and scored goals so let’s hope he can do the same at the weekend.”
Defoe was signed on an 18-month loan deal back in January 2019 and he’s been an inspired piece of business by Gerrard.
He’s now up to 16 goals in 28 games across all competitions this season and rarely lets the team down when he’s on the pitch.
It’s been so vital to have a different option to goal machine Morelos in the squad and the experience of Defoe is massively helping the title bid.