Former Rangers striker Iain Ferguson has called Ibrox star Jermain Defoe his “favourite player in Scotland” and lauded the former England star as “world-class.”

Defoe joined the Gers on loan last January and has been vitally important for Steven Gerrard’s side during his time in Glasgow.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 December, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Fergie admits that the veteran star is “fantastic to watch” and admires his “hunger” to keep performing at the highest level at 37-years-old.

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“ You’ve got somebody of the experience of Jermain Defoe who is my favourite player in Scotland,” Ferguson told BBC Sportsound.

“His awareness, his movement off the ball to create space for other people is just fantastic to watch. And his finishing; he’s just a world class striker. He’s scored at every single level, it doesn’t matter where he goes.

 

“The thing I admire most is his hunger. He’s been on the bench waiting for an opportunity. As soon as he gets it, he’s in and he scores.”

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Defoe has scored 22 times in 46 appearances for Rangers since heading north from Bournemouth and could sign a permanent deal in the summer when he becomes a free agent.

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

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He is likely to start the Scottish Cup clash with Stranraer on Friday night as Alfredo sits out the first of three games the Colombian will miss through suspension.

Despite seeing his game-time limited due to the incredible goal-scoring exploits of El Buffalo, Defoe has been no slouch in front of goal this season, with 14 goals to his name this term – including 11 in the league as Gerrard’s side look to win the title for the first time since 2011.

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