A glittering career in numbers - is reported Rangers signing a major coup?
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Jermain Defoe's outstanding career in numbers

In the wake of Sky Sports’ report that Jermain Defoe is set to become a Ger, Rangers News take a look at the player’s career in numbers.
Firstly, this is no raw talent. Defoe is 36 years old.
However, Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, says that the way Defoe looks after himself, you wouldn’t know it.

Despite his age, Defoe wants more first team football. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

He won’t be the oldest player in the Gers squad either. Veteran centre-half Gareth McAuley is three years his senior and has done well at Ibrox, so far.
All-in-all, Defoe has amassed 202 goals in 563 league appearances. Impressively, that’s a rate of better than one in three across a 20-year professional career.
162 of those strikes have come in the Premier League, and he departs for the SPL four games shy of 500 appearances, in the world’s most famous league.

Outstanding for club and country

Defoe also has 57 caps international caps, netting 20 times for his country. His last goal came in a 2-0 victory over Lithuania at Wembley, in 2017.

The striker salutes the Wembley crowd after putting England ahead in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He featured in the 2010 World Cup and was part of the England squad for Euro 2012.
Rangers will be the finisher’s seventh club in all, after, West Ham, Bournemouth, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Toronto FC and Sunderland.
Defoe has played the most times for Tottenham, across two spells at White Hart Lane.

He featured in 174 league matches for Spurs, and is one of three players to score five goals in one game in the Premier League era, alongside Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.
He did so, through striking five times in 36 minutes against Wigan in 2009.

A red-hot Defoe picks his spot for the fifth time in the 9-1 win. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

In conclusion then, this guy has some serious pedigree.

One area in which he is lacking, is silverware. He only has the 2007-08 English League Cup with Tottenham to show for his exploits.
Is he the man to fire Rangers to SPL success in 2019?

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