Rangers assistant manager, Gary McAllister, has praised Jermain Defoe following Sunday’s win over Livingston, as captured by RangersTV.
The Gers triumphed 2-0 at Ibrox to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership table, with Joe Aribo and Defoe on the scoresheet.
The veteran striker has had a frustrating start to the season, with a hamstring problem ruling him out of action in August and the presence of the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe restricting his game time since his return to fitness.
He was handed his first start of the campaign against Livi, though, and it only took him 16 minutes to get on the scoresheet.
Defoe was picked out by a stunning arcing pass from James Tavernier and he placed the ball into the bottom right corner without breaking stride.
It was a remarkable first-time finish which brought the Englishman to 300 career club goals and Gary McAllister was full of praise for him after the game.
“Jermain, since he’s arrived here, we’ve always seen the quality,” he told RangersTV. “When he’s got on the pitch and he’s played games, he’s looked very very dangerous.”
“It’s the cleverness of the movement. He’s been a classy player throughout his career, in my view, and I just thought that was very typical of him today. The pass was superb but the finish was sublime.”
McAllister lauds Rangers striker Jermain Defoe after Livingston win – Verdict
Defoe has undoubtedly slid down the pecking order at Ibrox in recent months, despite only officially becoming a Rangers player in the summer following his 18-month loan from Bournemouth.
With Alfredo Morelos staying put despite months of transfer speculation and new signings arriving, he was pushed to the peripheries and his omission from the Europa League group stages squad must have been difficult to take.
However, he’s the consummate professional and he’s clearly been working hard behind the scenes to ensure he was ready to take his opportunity when it eventually came.
His return of 27 goals in 56 appearances for Rangers is impressive, particularly considering many of those outings have come from the bench, and there are few who would disagree with McAllister’s assessment that the striker is still very much a ‘classy’ operator.