Former BBC pundit Tam McManus said that Rangers Jermain Defoe looked “fit and sharp” playing 90 minutes against Falkirk in the Betfred League Cup.
Now 38, Defoe has impressed in recent weeks, scoring a goal in his last two appearances for the Gers.
The former England international scored and played the full 90 minutes against Falkirk, before coming off the bench to grab a late goal against Ross County on Sunday (via WhoScored).
Speaking on PLZ Soccer, McManus said that while Defoe was impressing, Celtic’s bench options could not manage 20 minutes.
McManus said on PLZ Soccer: “We are talking about Jermain Defoe – 38 years old, coming into the team after a number of weeks, plays 90 minutes and [looks] fit and sharp.
“You compare that to some of the guys at Celtic who came into the team and looked like they have been dragged through the hedge. They looked like that they can’t play 20 minutes, forget 90 minutes.”
Despite nearing the end of his career, Defoe looks in excellent shape and continues to operate at a high level.
With four goals in nine appearances in all competitions so far this season (via WhoScored), he has not lost any of his goalscoring instincts and remains a valuable option.
Alfredo Morelos has been on a dry run this season, with just five goals from 17 appearances (via WhoScored), Defoe could genuinely push for a starting role in this side.
Understandably, Steven Gerrard has looked to manage the load placed on the 38-year-old, but if he keeps scoring goals when given the opportunity, he will have to consider including him in important Scottish Premiership and Europa League matches.
Speaking after the win against Ross County, Gerrard told Rangers’ official website that Defoe was in “incredible shape and he loves coming into work”, so who knows what kind of impact he could have as the season wears on.
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