Jermain Defoe will wear the Rangers number 9 at Ibrox
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Jermain Defoe will wear the Rangers number 9 at Ibrox

Rangers marquee January signing Jermain Defoe will wear the Rangers number 9 when he walks out at Ibrox for the first time.
In football, the number is given to a goalscorer. It’s given to a poacher, a fox-in-the-box type of player.
But with the number comes a lot of responsibility. Over the years Rangers have had some iconic number 9s. Dado Prso, Michael Mols, Derek Parlane, Mark Hateley, Kris Boyd, even Ally McCoist.

But we’ve had plenty of shockers too. Egil Ostenstad, Kevin Kyle, and more recently Umar Sadiq, to name a few.
It’s a heavy burden to bear and the right man needs to wear it. If you’re given the Rangers number 9, you’re expected to score goals.
It’s given to someone who’s a first teamer and someone who has to start producing straight away.
Gerrard has now given that responsibility to Defoe, who for a short man, has very broad shoulders indeed. But can he live up to it?

Defoe has scored goals his entire career, for every club he’s played for. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Being the Premier League’s seventh all-time top goalscorer, you’d think that he can.
Defoe is certainly up for the challenge. The striker needs time to get match fit but is raring to go at Ibrox. In an interview with Rangers TV, Defoe said he’s excited by the challenge and is here to win trophies.

To do that, he’ll need to score goals. And the fact he’s now Rangers new number 9 might just give him that added motivation to do so.
As if the prolific striker needs it. He’s had plenty of support from the fans since he signed up.