Jermain Defoe
MURCIA, SPAIN - JULY 14: Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth reacts during Pre- Season friendly Match between Sevilla FC and AFC Bournemouth at La Manga Club on July 14, 2018 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Former Scotland international Frank McAvennie insist the signing of Jermain Defoe by Rangers will increase the pressure on Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.

The 36-year-old joined the Gers on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth last week, and McAvennie insists Defoe can score goals for Steven Gerrard’s side.

“Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe are two experienced pros,” he said according to Evening Times.

“But I am more concerned about Defoe to be honest. He is a good striker.”

“Being a striker myself I notice certain things. He keeps himself very fit. He doesn’t drink or anything – I don’t know how he’s made it in football! Seriously, though, he has kept himself fit. He is a good lad as well. He will score goals, that’s for sure. Listen, he scores goals wherever he goes. Shame he’s going to the wrong team!”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers shoots at goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard wants to motivate his players

Rangers were kicked out after losing against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Quarterfinals and will only focus now on the league.

“Rangers need cover. I don’t know what’s wrong with Kyle Lafferty, but he’s not getting a game. They need somebody to come in. They are creating chances. The fact Morelos, who misses more than he scores, is the top goal scorer just shows you that. It is a concern.”

“If he (Defoe) is working alongside him (Morelos) then that’s got to be helpful. They (Rangers) are doing the right thing.”

McAvennie also believes Defoe can play up front with Alfredo Morelos: “I think the two of them can work together.”

“I am a great believer in two up front. Morelos puts a shift in. He is a bit of pest which is great in a striker. If Gerrard leaves Defoe up front and just lets him do his work in the box he will score goals, he will definitely score goals.”

“I think it will work if they go 4-4-2. Myself and Tony Cottee (his West Ham strike partner) weren’t big guys, but we played together. I think these two guys can work together. They have got a good system. It is working well.”