By Jason Jones

19th May, 2020 | 8:28am

Davie Provan shoots down Jermain Defoe comment on Rangers title prospects

Davie Provan has ridiculed Rangers striker Jermain Defoe for suggesting that the Gers can overtake Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership in the near future. 

The veteran hitman claimed during a recent interview with Football Fancast that Steven Gerrard’s men are closing the gap on their bitter rivals, and stated that he believes it is “only a matter of time” before they lift a league title.

But ex-Hoops hero Provan has been quick to dismiss the Ibrox man’s argument.

Writing in a column for the Scottish Sun, he said: “I’ll have a pint of whatever Jermain Defoe’s drinking.

“Asked when Rangers will win the league, the striker says: ‘I do genuinely believe it’s only a matter of time. The club has everything it needs to be successful, even down to the food we’re eating at the training ground.’

“Sorry, but Gers had their chance this season and couldn’t walk the walk.

“Until they match Celtic for bottle, it’ll be more humble pie.”

Is Provan right to dismiss Defoe’s claim?

Absolutely not, no.

It’s easy for the Parkhead loyalist to laugh it up now after his side have been handed a ninth consecutive title, but everything has to come to an end eventually, and when it does, it will feel especially sweet because of how long we have waited to topple the Bhoys.

And despite what he may say, that gap in quality at the top is closing.

Steven Gerrard has seen his points per game average jump from 2.00 his first season to 2.31 this term.

If he were to replicate that kind of improvement again next time around, his PPG would be higher than Neil Lennon’s average for his current spell with Celtic.

There is obviously ground to be made up, yes, but the point is that it is being made up with every passing season.

In other Rangers news, Cagliari boss admits he wants to take Gers loanee Ianis Hagi to Italy.