gers legend Mark Hateley has rubbished claims Jermain Defoe is past his best – despite the striker being 36.

Defoe’s signing has been criticised in some quarters because it is viewed as a short-term solution.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Jermain Defoe of Bournemouth during a training session at Vitality Stadium on December 7, 2018 in Bournemouth, England.

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Hately though is adamant that the loan signing isn’t a “quick fix.”

“You never lose that ability to find the back of the net,” Hateley said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Everything the players have these days in terms of sports science is there to promote longevity and I see no reason for Jermain not to carry on for two or three years.

“This shouldn’t be seen as a quick fix.”

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30 OCT 1994: MARK HATELEY OF RANGERS SCORES THE SECOND GOAL AGAINST CELTIC IN THEIR SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.

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Defoe and Steven Davis have both moved to Ibrox this month on loan deals as the Gers aim for title number 55.

 

Even though both are well into their 30s, they are as good as any player in the country.

Had Defoe signed for any other club in the country it would have been lauded as a coup.

The striker has scored everywhere he has been and hit the net regularly in a Sunderland side as bad as has been seen in years.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Jermain Defoe of Bournemouth during a training session on November 28, 2018 in Bournemouth, England.

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A lack of games at Bournemouth has left Defoe frustrated and he’ll be desperate to punish teams here.

A pretty bare trophy cupboard also needs filled before it’s time to retire.

Short-term fix or not, if he wins the title his name will be remembered for a long time to come.

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