Former Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has taken to Instagram to heap praise on Ibrox striker Kemar Roofe after his hattrick against St Mirren.

Gers star Roofe hit three goals in the 4-0 win over the Buddies in Paisley as he finally found the back of the net amid a season-ending injury to Alfredo Morelos.

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Rangers had toiled in front of goal in matches against Celtic and Braga and the strikes will serve as a timely confidence boost to the forward as the season bottlenecks.

Rangers are still fighting on three fronts and with no Alfie, Kemar is going to be vital to the Ibrox side both progressing in Europe and securing domestic glory of any kind.

Taking to Instagram, Jermain Defoe heaped praise on Kemar Roofe after his performance against the Paisley Saints, describing the forward as his “little bro”.

Jermain Defoe sends message to Kemar Roofe after Rangers hattrick

The message gives an insight into the role Jermain Defoe had with the ex-Leeds United and Anderlecht forward during his time in Scotland and the relationship he had with the striker.

Jermain Defoe is one of the greatest strikers of his generation and a Premier League goalscoring legend, with the now 39-year-old ex-forward still the 9th top scorer in the competition’s history (162).

Kemar Roofe was also speaking to RangersTV after scoring the hattrick and assured fans that the best is yet to come from the striker.

“I’m not pleased with [my overall contribution]. I still feel like I’ve got more to come,” said Roofe.

“Match fitness will play a big part in that. I’m not happy with a few things but I can’t be too fussy, I scored three goals and we won the game. I’m happy but I’ve still got some things to work on.”

Meanwhile, Rangers have been boosted by the return of a key first-teamer as the side nervously await news on another important player’s injury.

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