Rangers have signed Jermain Defoe; how will he fare at Ibrox?
Rangers have made a major signing this month by bringing ex-England international striker Jermain Defoe to Ibrox on an 18-month loan deal.
The 36-year-old found first-team football hard to come by at Bournemouth this season, and has now chosen to reunite with ex-England teammate Steven Gerrard at Rangers.
Rangers’ move for Defoe has made headlines, as it’s clear that he has been brought in to try and aid the club’s pursuit of the Scottish Premiership title.
Nobody really knows how Defoe will fare in Scotland, so we decided to let FIFA 19 help out, simulating Defoe’s time with Rangers until the end of the season.
From today’s date in the season, we let Defoe loose up top with Alfredo Morelos, forming a dangerous front two – something Gerrard has hinted he may do.
In the simulation, Defoe ended the campaign with 12 goals in 18 league games, picking up three assists in the process, whilst he also hit four goals in four Scottish Cup games.
Issues in FIFA’s Career Mode mean that Defoe was able to pay 18 games rather than the 17 league games remaining in real life, but let’s dig into the details of this simulation.
Defoe scored a brace away at Celtic to give Rangers a 2-0 win, and having also scored twice in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian, he won the April Player of the Month award.
Defoe scored twice in the Scottish Cup final against Hamilton to bring home one piece of silverware, but the big question will be; did Defoe bring home Rangers’ 55th title?
In this simulation, he absolutely did. Rangers ran out Scottish Premiership title winners, finishing above Celtic by seven points to clinch a domestic double, with Defoe’s goals absolutely integral.
This may just be a simulation, but Rangers fans will be praying that these events happen in real life between now and May.