By Mike Slater

5th Apr, 2021 | 7:10am

Ally McCoist & Derek McInnes blown away by Jermain Defoe after Rangers win v Cove

Ally McCoist and Derek McInnes were blown away by Rangers forward Jermain Defoe after the crushing 4-0 victory in the Scottish Cup against Cove on Sunday.

The veteran forward opened the scoring at Ibrox with a thumping drive from distance in what was his outing since December.

McInnes labelled the former England international as a “dream” for Steven Gerrard for what he gives on and off the pitch to his side.

Speaking after the game on Premier Sports, McCoist believes that it is “remarkable” the way that Defoe has kept himself in good shape despite not playing much.

“I thought he looked really sharp,” he said.

“He scored a great goal, he was lethal in front of goal and looked really lively. His link-up play was good. It’s something that he will continue to do.

“He’s clearly kept himself in remarkable condition.”

McInnes agreed and claimed that the Gers will be desperate for him to remain in Glasgow beyond this season with his deal expiring.

“Someone like Jermain Defoe is a manager’s dream.

“He is constantly setting the standards and is professional. I think he will be invaluable to someone like Steven Gerrard.”

Dream. 

Defoe has handed everyone a timely reminder of just what he can do this evening.

Although it may have been against a League One side, the veteran forward looked as though he had the energy of someone making his debut, and that he is still a real danger in the final third.

Getting that sort of praise from someone like McCoist sums it up perfectly, and even McInnes had something to say as well.

With two huge, possible double-defining games against Celtic to come, if Defoe can have his say in those, he will almost guarantee his future for one more year.

Defoe has laid down the gauntlet, it is up to him to prove he deserves another year at Ibrox between now and the end of the campaign.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard confirms double injury blow after the Bears victory against Cove on Sunday evening