Rangers striker Jermain Defoe scored his side’s third goal in a convincing 3-0 win over Hibernian on Friday night.
The veteran forward came into the game under increased scrutiny as he was filling in for the suspended Alfredo Morelos, and he stepped up to the mark in the 53rd minute.
Receiving a headed Scott Arfield pass on the left side of the six-yard box, he controlled well and then shifted the ball expertly, before dispatching a finish in off the near post.
His manager heralded him as ‘world-class’ for his execution and the goal made the points safe for the Gers.
However, part of the significance of the strike appears to have slipped under the radar.
The tidy finish brought him to eleven Premiership goals for the season, and joint level with Alfredo Morelos and Odsonne Edouard at the top of the goalscoring charts [BBC Sport].
The most remarkable part of this, though, is the time he’s done it in. Defoe has the same number of goals as Edouard in close to 400 fewer minutes [Transfermarkt], while he’s played over 200 minutes less than Morelos [Transfermarkt].
Add to the mix the fact that he’s 15 years older than Edouard and 13 years El Bufalo’s senior and we have an incredible achievement on our hands.
This goal may have been Defoe’s first since October, but he’s still scoring at a remarkable rate as he continues to come up trumps for Steven Gerrard.