Frank McAvennie has compared Rangers striker Jermain Defoe to his former strike partner and West Ham legend Tony Cottee. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Celtic and Hammers forward hailed the “perfect pro” Defoe, 38, after he scored his 300th goal in club football.

Defoe scored in a 2-0 win over Livingston on Sunday to help the Gers move six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

It was the former England international’s first start of the 2020/21 campaign, a hamstring injury ruling him out of the entirety of August and part of September.

McAvennie compared Defoe to West Ham great Tony Cottee for his instinct in front of goal.

“You have got to applaud that (300 goals in club),” he told Football Insider.

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“I like Jermain Defoe and of course he began his career at West Ham. He has been to a few clubs during his career and everyone who knows him will tell you that he is the perfect pro.

“It was a superb goal to get for his 300th. It is his movement as well as his finishing. People do not look at it but it is his movement. He is always in the right position.

“He is right up there. He is quality for a little guy. In many ways he reminds me of Tony Cottee when me and him used to play at West Ham.

“He knows where the goal is. He does not have to look up but a lot of strikers now look up and I always think, ‘What are you doing? The goal is not going to move.’ It is the one sure thing in football. The goals are not going to move.

“Whether he has his back to goal or not, Defoe knows where the goal is. Credit to him.”

In other Rangers news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Steven Gerrard will be “over the moon” after big player development.