Jermain Defoe joined Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers on loan.
Francis, who played for Rangers in the 1980s, has spoken highly of former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Defoe, who joined Rangers on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth in the Premier League in the January transfer window.
Francis told The Scottish Sun about Defoe: “Jermain is a goalscorer. He makes really good runs and he’s fantastic technically. He’ll score goals for a long while yet.
“Rangers have a top player there. I’d expect him to be a big success in the next 12 months.”
Much was expected of Defoe when the former Sunderland striker moved to Rangers on loan in January, but the 36-year-old striker has not made a massive impact and has failed to dislodge Alfredo Morelos from the starting lineup when the Colombia international strikers fit.
According to WhoScored, Defoe has made six starts and six substitute appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Rangers so far this season, scoring six goals in the process.
Rangers are second in the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 66 points from 33 matches, as many as 11 points behind leaders and bitter Old Firm rivals Celtic.