Rangers will romp to their 55th Scottish league title this season if they keep Jermain Defoe fit, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward lauded the “amazing” 38-year-old after he scored his 300th goal in club football.
Defoe scored a sublime half-volley to help the Gers beat Livingston yesterday and move six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership in what was his first start of the 2020/21 campaign.
It was the English centre-forward’s 300th club goal following prolific spells at West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Toronto, Bournemouth and now Rangers.
Whelan revealed that he has been a fan of Defoe throughout his career.
“Defoe is amazing,” he told Football Insider.
“He is a natural goalscorer and that is why Steven Gerrard brought him in.
“I was in awe of him when he was at West Ham and he has gone on to produce the goods at Portsmouth, Tottenham, wherever he has been.
“The goal that he scored yesterday oozed quality and control. It was so nonchalant. It is so easy for him.
“He is a prolific goalscorer and you do not score 300 goals in your career if you are not prolific. If they can keep him fit, they are going to win the league.”
Speaking after the 2-0 win against Livingston, Defoe said: “The standard is really high.
“People don’t see what happens around the training ground and I have noticed a different focus.”
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