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Rangers news: Why Jermain Defoe is desperate to get going at Ibrox - Gareth McAuley

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That’s according to Defoe’s new team-mate Gareth McAuley, who has played against the striker on plenty of occasions in England.

Defoe made the move north of the border on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is hoping the former West Ham and Tottenham ace can help the Ibrox outfit to their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011.

And McAuley believes Defoe will thrive despite the pressure that playing for Rangers brings.

“Jermain to be fair is right up there as one of the toughest opponents I faced when I was in the Premier League,” McAuley told RangersTV.

“He just seemed to get goals and his movement is fantastic. I think he will be a big player in the second half of the season for us.

“It’s just his sharpness and his movement, he’s clever and he stands in places you don’t want him to stand.

“I’m giving away all his secrets here!

“But he is a top level player, a top level finisher, and speaking to him he’s really excited to be here.

“I know myself the buzz that Rangers gives you with the crowd and playing at Ibrox and playing the away games where you take so many people with you.

“You can’t get that anywhere else and talking to him he’s desperate to get going.”

Former Rangers star Mark Hateley believes Defoe has made the switch because he wants to win a trophy.

"Jermain's been unfortunate through his career as he hasn't won a lot,” Hateley said. “What is it, a League Cup with Tottenham?

"He didn't even play in the final as he'd moved to Portsmouth. They then got to the FA Cup final but he was cup-tied so missed out again.

"So he's at the stage where he'll be looking to add a few pieces of silverware together.

"And he's come to this club at a time where we are hungry for that again.

"For a man who's scored 162 Premier League goals to end his career not having won a medal in his own right would be a tragedy.

"At the age he is now, that will be niggling him - but he's coming to a club that offers him the chance to put that right."


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