Ahead of Sunday’s League Cup tie against Falkirk, Jermain Defoe says there’s an ‘extra incentive’ for Rangers in the competition following their cruel defeat to Celtic in last season’s final [Glasgow Times].
The Gers dominated the majority of the Hampden showpiece in December 2019, only for Celtic to edge it 1-0 courtesy of a second-half Christopher Jullien goal which should have been ruled out for offside.
Defoe says the demand for success is always there at Rangers but that last year’s pain has him particularly fired up this time around.
“We want to compete in every competition,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “This is the first bit of silverware we can go for this season so, of course, we are going to try and do that.”
“That’s why you come to Rangers as a player. You come here to win trophies – it’s as simple as that. Those are the demands from the fans, the club and the manager. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s good pressure.
“I’m looking forward to the game and looking forward to the competition, especially with what happened last season. There is that extra incentive. We look forward to this game and we’ll see what happens after that.”
The Gers are entering the competition at the Last 16 stage against a Falkirk side who qualified after finishing ahead of Kilmarnock and second to Dunfermline in Group E.
The Bairns have also enjoyed an unbeaten start to their league campaign and are currently top of the League One table, so they shouldn’t be taken lightly.
However, even though Rangers are set to be without two key players, there’s more than enough quality in the squad to comfortably secure progression to the quarter-finals and if handed a start, Defoe will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet.