Veteran Rangers star Jermain Defoe has insisted that the Light Blues aren’t giving up on their title hopes after yesterday’s defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle left the Gers five points behind bitter rivals Celtic.

The Light Blues have a game in hand on Neil Lennon’s side but blew the chance to close the gap and keep the pressure up with both sides facing a hectic run of games.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 26 January, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Defoe insists Rangers will continue fighting and is adamant that the pressure on the Ibrox players is a “good pressure” because the “demand” is there to win every game.

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“That is all you can do to be honest,” Defoe said, as quoted by FourFourTwo when asked if the Gers will keep fighting.

“You can’t lay down and die and you need to show character. That is football.

 

“It is a lot of pressure but at the end of the day, it is good pressure because you are playing for a club like this and there is a demand to win games.”

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Defoe was one of several players who were miles off the pace at Tynecastle and the former England star will likely lose his place to Alfredo Morelos for Wednesday’s clash with Ross County.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (

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With the Colombian returning from suspension, he’ll almost certainly come back into the starting XI for the first time since last month’s win over Celtic.

Despite the defeat at Tynecastle, there’s still everything to play for in the title race and the very least fans would expect if that the players keep fighting after a defeat in January.

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