As Rangers were toiling for some cutting edge against Hearts, once again the club couldn’t call on the most natural finisher at the club.
Jermain Defoe might be segueing into a coaching role at Ibrox, but even at 39 it’s difficult to imagine anyone else at the ground being as capable as the diminutive forward in front of goal.
As Alfredo Morelos rolled one by the post we can imagine the former England and Premier League striker cursing a chance he’d have surely gobbled up with his eyes closed.
And yet, with the game being stretched and with the Rangers players’ shooting boots collectively being left at home, there was no hope of taking Jermain off the bench to score.
That’s because the striker – who appeared perfectly suited for the balance of the game at that time – wasn’t even on it.
Kemar Roofe – who created that chance for Alfredo to score – and Fashion Sakala – who wasn’t introduced – took the striker slots with Jermain once again focusing on the coaching.
But how a wasteful Rangers side could’ve used the veteran forward as they toiled to stick the ball in the back of the net against the Jambos.
This would later come back to haunt the club with the Gers suffering a late equaliser after an uncharacteristic flap from Allan McGregor in a disappointing 1-1 draw.
Defoe hasn’t been seen since the 1-0 Scottish Premiership defeat to Dundee United earlier in the season – his only appearance so far this campaign – and Rangers certainly missed his finishing prowess in the draw with the Jambos.
In tight matches showing that bit of quality can make the difference and it’ll be interesting to see if Defoe’s talents are more utilised heading into the rest of the season.
Defoe isn’t the only player who has found himself out of the team this season as another key player from the last campaign struggles to break back into the side.