Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has backed Jermain Defoe to give Rangers the edge over Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
Defoe is expected to complete an 18-month loan move to the Scottish club from Bournemouth this weekend, having been frozen out at the Vitality Stadium.
Darren Bent was a team-mate of Defoe’s at Tottenham Hotspur and saw first-hand just how dedicated the 36-year-old is to his game, insisting the striker could get a call-up back into the England setup.
“I think him going to Rangers gives them the edge,” said Bent, according to DailyMail. “He’ll be something they’ve not seen for a long time, probably since Marco Negri.”
“He’s someone who can score goals. I know Jermain and he looks after himself. The main thing is he’s in there, he’s 36 and he’s hungry.”
“Even though he’s in the twilight of his career, he’ll have a point to prove. In his mindset, he’ll want to score goals for Rangers if there’s a chance of him getting back in the England squad.”
Asked if Defoe would withstand the physicality of the Scottish game, Bent replied: “100 per cent. Even though he’s quite small, he’s strong.”
“People up here won’t have seen anything like it for a long time because he’s an unbelievable finisher. He’s ruthless, wants to score goals and that’s what Rangers need. Him coming up here gives them the edge.”
“He’s still sharp and you watch him when he plays for Bournemouth, when he gets the opportunity, he’s still as sharp as anything.”