As Rangers romped to a 4-1 victory over Celtic there was plenty for supporters to be happy about but one moment in particular had fans “delighted” for a veteran Ibrox star.
Jermain Defoe might be approaching 39 but when given the opportunity this season the lethal poacher has showed that he’s still got that same old knack for finding the back of the net.
Kemar Roofe made way for the forward late on in the second half and Jermain was not missing an opportunity to grab an Old Firm goal at Ibrox.
The striker had been played through just moments before the goal but was undeterred to roll into position and onto an Ianis Hagi pass and begin to bear down on goal.
Showing a sharp turn of pace Defoe pulled the ball wide before twisting, turning, feigning and ultimately sitting Celtic defender Stephen Welsh on his behind before rolling it past Scott Bain.
It was a goal out the top drawer and showed that Jermain still has it to net at this level with the player’s future up in the air ahead of next season.
Should Jermain want to extend his career he needs to play, and game-time has been at a premium at Ibrox in this campaign, even if the striker has contributed.
This goal was his sixth of the season and 31st at Ibrox in total but this goal in particular meant the world to the striker – something you could clearly see in his celebration.
“I said to Greggsy after the game it had been eating me up!” said Defoe [Rangers].
“When you come to a club like this it’s the first fixture you look at and as a striker you just want to score in that game.
“The main thing is to win of course. But if you can win and score, it’s always something I’ve wanted to do from when I first walked in to the club.
“This is the game I’ve wanted to score in.
“It was an unbelievable feeling. It’s so special.
“The team performance was amazing.”
Defoe is a hugely popular player at Ibrox and this consummate professional earned the plaudits of the Ibrox supporters in the aftermath of the game:
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeey hey baby
I wonna knooooooooooow
Jermain Defoe pic.twitter.com/IDvGhCbNwC
— B4zzB0wsk1 (@B4ZZ_B0W5K1) May 2, 2021
If there was ever a picture to sum up how that meant to him this is it..class defoe pure class..❤ pic.twitter.com/BDB0Jv7jtr
— 🇬🇧Rfcbluebelle 🇬🇧 (@Annie_bear1872) May 2, 2021
‘Wonderkid’ Soro passing it straight to Kamara and off we pop for number 4 😂
Delighted for Defoe
A terrific afternoon 👏🏻
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) May 2, 2021
Played at the highest level. Scored in the biggest derbies. You’re a liar if you’re saying you’re not delighted for Defoe getting his derby goal. pic.twitter.com/zA6CQOIVgX
— Ben McD (@SICKB0Y_) May 2, 2021
— RangersRiver (@RangersRiver2) May 2, 2021
Jermain Defoe has achieved everything in the game and has scored at every level, but look at what an Old Firm goal means to him.
Delighted we were able to give him a league winners medal.
— Pena_Cartel (@Pena_Cartel) May 2, 2021
Jermaine Defoe reminds me so much of the late Ray Wilkins.
Came at the end of his career.
Maybe only here for a short while.
Totally gets our club.
Biggest compliment I could pay him.
— WATP (@hrmtaxiservice) May 2, 2021
Defoe’s tenure 💙 love him pic.twitter.com/6MLaPr9UQa
— Mattco (@Matt_2k8) May 2, 2021
Defoe scoring today encapsulated everything I've wanted for years. The most professional professional I've ever witnessed. I love you.
— Stew (@tattoo_stew69) May 2, 2021
I love Jermaine Defoe
Honestly don’t think I’ve wished for any other Rangers player to get an OF goal as much as him, even Alfredo
First time scored four against that lot since 2000 Is it? 21 years, banter years for ten of them
Morelos nutmeg on Brown
— StevenGerrard55 (@Arfieldloyal37) May 2, 2021
Wasn't expecting a 92nd Jermaine Defoe goal to make me as happy as it has
Really looked like scoring in the OF was something he was wanting on his CV
Mega chuffed for him#Defoe
— 🇬🇧 Scottie 🇹🇭 (@ksc4273) May 2, 2021
Aw av been wantin Defoe to score against them fae the day he signed aw yass man 🥰🇬🇧
— Darren Murphy (@Darrennnnn10) May 2, 2021
That goal and reaction from Defoe absolutely made my day. Just have to say though, the pass from Hagi made it all possible for him. Outstanding stuff. pic.twitter.com/Q0elkO6s8j
— I Dance Like Shota (@IDanceLikeShota) May 2, 2021
Jermaine Defoe. What a pro. Top level in everything that he does. And a proper gentleman. Delighted for him!
— Blair McLaughlan (@mr_omnibus) May 2, 2021
Delighted for Defoe. Lovely. What a season.
— LaudrupsHair (@LaudrupsHair) May 2, 2021
Rangers trounced Old Firm rivals Celtic 4-1 courtesy of a Kemar Roofe double, a powerful Alfredo Morelos effort and a late goal by Jermain Defoe.
The result was also the perfect opportunity for another Ibrox star to answer his critics with a Man of the Match performance in the game.