Alan Hutton has insisted every Rangers player looks up to Jermain Defoe and he has a “big” dressing room impact.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland and Light Blues full-back claimed the striker, 36, has a massive role to play in helping struggling teammates.
Hutton explained Defoe’s experience and wisdom is critical for fellow stars, especially Alfredo Morelos.
The 34-year-old knows the England international well from his time at Tottenham.
“Of course he has a big impact in the dressing room,” Hutton told Football Insider. “I think experience nowadays is vital, you need to have that. He’s played at the highest level, he’s played in some great teams.
“To have somebody like that to call on if you’re having a little bit of a down time, or even someone like Morelos – he’s a young man and he
scored a lot of goals but he is still a young man.
“He’ll need help from time to time so I think having someone like that can help young boys, young strikers coming through. They look up to people like that, everyone does – I think you need people in your squad like that who is helping everyone.”
Hutton believes that Defoe, who has scored nine goals in 13 appearances this season, has a huge amount to offer even though Morelos is the first choice spearhead in Steven Gerrard’s side.
“He’s a guy that obviously I’ve known a long time and for being a man at 36, around that age, he just looks after himself so well,” Hutton added. “He loves scoring goals, he loves football and I knew as soon as he went there, this guy’s going to score goals.
“You see people like Tavernier putting balls into the box, they’re going to create opportunities and that’s a guy who’s going to score. What a
player to have, whether to be on the bench or to start games, to help you out.”