Tuesday afternoon brought some good news for Jermain Defoe.
The forward was included in the SPFL Team of the Week following Rangers’ hammering of Hibernian at Ibrox.
That wasn’t the extent of it, though. The veteran was named ‘Star Man’ of the week, as the official body adjudged his display to be the best individual performance across all four divisions this weekend.
He bagged a hat-trick in the Light Blues' 6-1 win over Hibernian on Sunday! #TOTW
— SPFL (@spfl) August 13, 2019
Rangers marksman Jermain Defoe recognised for impressive display
In fairness, after scoring a perfect hat-trick, there may have been some uproar if he hadn’t made it.
He showed the sharpness of a player half his age on Sunday, and his early goals set the tone for a comfortable afternoon at Ibrox.
Defoe won’t play every week, but that ensures that when he is called upon, he’ll be fresh and raring to go. Even at 36, that’s a frightening prospect for any defensive unit.
If he can stay fit and continue to produce when called upon, taking the goalscoring burden off El Bufalo, Steven Gerrard will have no need to recruit a third striking option.
He was one of only four Premiership stars given the nod this week.
Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham and St Mirren’s Sam Foley were included in midfield, while Hamilton defender Sam Stubbs earned a spot for helping his side to a clean sheet in their win over Kilmarnock.
There’s a break from league action this coming weekend, as attention turns to the League Cup. The Gers travel to East Fife on Sunday for a 15:00 kick-off.