The UEFA Europa League Twitter account praised Rangers star Jermain Defoe after Sunday’s win over Livingston, as the striker reached 300 career club goals.
Defoe has been very much on the fringes at Ibrox so far this season, despite only officially becoming a Gers player in the summer following an 18-month loan from Bournemouth.
The 38-year-old missed all of August due to a hamstring injury and since his return to fitness, he’s barely featured due to the presence of Alfredo Morelos, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe.
He made his first start of the season on Sunday afternoon against Livi, though, and it took him just 16 minutes to get on the scoresheet.
After being picked out by an excellent arcing pass from James Tavernier, he slotted the ball cooly into the bottom right corner from just inside the box, without breaking stride.
The sublime first-time left-footed finish stunned commentator Clive Tyldesley, while assistant manager, Gary McAllister, waxed lyrical about the goal after the game [RangersTV].
It was a fine way for the veteran to reach 300 career club goals and praise flooded in from all angles on social media.
Even the UEFA Europa League Twitter account, which has 7.3 million followers, celebrated the achievement.
“Still got it! Rangers forward Jermain Defoe, 38, has now scored 300 goals in club football,” read their tweet, while they also attached four images of the Gers star in action at Ibrox.
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) October 25, 2020
Ironically, Defoe may not be seen in the Europa League proper this season, despite scoring and registering an assist off the bench in a win over Lincoln Red Imps in the qualifiers.
That’s because he’s been omitted from the Gers’ squad for the group stages, with his status only up for review if the club makes it to the knockout stages.
The striker will no doubt be delighted to have made his first tangible contribution in domestic football this season, though, and he deserves immense credit for reaching such an impressive goalscoring milestone.