STEVEN GERRARD has been delighted with Jermain Defoe’s form after the striker netted his fifth goal in nine appearances for the Light Blues against Dundee tonight.
The prolific Englishman, who joined Rangers on January 6, went on as a second-half sub at Ibrox this evening – replacing Daniel Candeias after the hour mark – and with a minute of the game remaining he produced a terrific finish to complete the scoring at 4-0.
Gerrard, speaking post-match to RangersTV, said: “That is what we’ve brought him here for, to score goals.
“It doesn’t matter whether Jermain plays 90 minutes or 60 or 30, we want him to be a goal threat and his movement is fantastic.
“I used to love playing with him; he’s a dream for a midfielder because his movement tells you where to play the ball.
It was a great pass and a great finish and he’ll continue to do that if we provide the service for him.”
At the other end of the pitch Rangers have now kept clean sheets in their last five games and Gerrard has urged his defenders to retain their recent high standards.
He added: “Yeah, we’ve always said that will be our base and that’s the only way you can build success is if you are solid at the back.
“But we gave them (Dundee) some chances that we shouldn’t have. At the end they have had a couple of breakaways and a couple of efforts at goal. In the second half we should be playing in their half and really sustaining attacks and just keep passing and killing them with the ball.
“We never but it’s another clean sheet, it’s another strong win but there were two sides of us tonight and I’m going away slightly disappointed believe it or not.
“But Jermain Defoe has made me feel a lot better because that’s a hell of a finish at the end.”