Noel Whelan claims it was ‘fitting’ that Jermain Defoe bagged himself an Old Firm goal as Rangers beat Celtic 4-1.
The former Leeds United and Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted that you have to take your hat off to the veteran striker.
Defoe, 38, added Rangers’ fourth goal as he turned Stephen Welsh inside out before firing into the bottom corner.
It was clear to see how much the goal meant to Defoe as he was mobbed by his teammates.
The experienced striker is out of contract at the end of this month and Football Insider understands he would have to take a major pay cut to stay at Ibrox.
Whelan claims Defoe is still a great squad player to have at Rangers with the club yet make any announcement regarding his future.
“You’ve got the old master getting on the scoresheet,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“It’s a really nice end to the season for Defoe. He’s had to be patient because he’s struggled with injuries.
“He’s a great squad player to have in your ranks with that professionalism and experience.
“That was a really fitting touch that he got on the scoresheet, it was great news and I was really pleased about that.
“When you appreciate people and what they’ve done in the game, you have to take your hat off to Defoe.”
Defoe has scored six goals in 18 appearances this season though most of his outings have come from the bench.
He only has five starts to his name this campaign because of the array of striking options available to Steven Gerrard.