Rangers striker Jermain Defoe paid tribute to his young counterpart Dapo Mebude on Instagram and said “I will be watching you score goals for years whilst I’m an old man at home drinking tea”. 

As well as scoring goals for the Rangers first-team – he has 13 in 23 across all competitions this season – Defoe has been mentoring the 18-year-old, who made his senior debut at the end of last season against Kilmarnock.

Mebude responded to the post saying, “Love you bro ❤️❤️” and added “Mentor🙏🏾🙏🏾”.

The youngster has come in for high praise from Gerrard as well, who said the young striker has a “huge future” at Ibrox and that he has “big potential”. [Herald]

Mebude replied to that praise saying, “When the manager said that, it was great and it is something that I will always remember. For him to say that, it meant a lot to me and it gives me a lot of confidence.”

It’s been a good week for Rangers. Steven Gerrard agreed a new contract that will see him stay at the club until 2024 – the same time that Jurgen Klopp has signed on to stay at Liverpool.

Rangers also progressed through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, drawing 1-1 against Young Boys at Ibrox.

It’s a good time to be at Rangers for a talented youngster like Mebude.

In other Rangers news: One player proved himself a true legend v Young Boys

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