Jermain Defoe speaks about that dummy in Rangers' Celtic victory

Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with Jermain Defoe and Jon Flanagan during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers...

Jermain Defoe played a major role as Steven Gerrard's Rangers beat Old Firm rivals and Scottish Premiership champions Celtic at Ibrox.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers is seen in action during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jermain Defoe has admitted that his inspired dummy in the build up to Scott Arfield’s clinching goal against Celtic last weekend was weeks in the planning, while speaking to Rangers TV.

Steven Gerrard’s side beat the Scottish Premiership champions at Ibrox for the second time a row on Sunday, putting a real dampener on The Hoops’ title celebrations with a 2-0 win in the blue half of Glasgow.

James Tavernier gave the hosts the lead with a floating free kick inside two minutes but Arfield’s strike will live far longer in the memory. The former Burnley defender coolly converted a Glen Kamara cross into the corner after Defoe had let the ball roll brilliantly through his legs.

 

But this was not a moment of split-second inspiration from the veteran striker.

"For weeks, yeah, for weeks,” Defoe said when asked how long he had planned the move.

Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with Jermain Defoe and Jon Flanagan during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers...

"Not that exactly - when I let it go through my legs - but we've worked on things in training where Scotty runs in behind and I come short, different movements.

"When you're playing with intelligent players, you work off each other. When I watched the goal back, it's unbelievable.”

Big things were expected of former England international Defoe when he arrived on loan from Bournemouth in January and, even at the age of 36, he has not disappointed.

Six goals and five assists from 12 Scottish Premiership starts is a fine return for a player who has been a superb influence on and off the pitch.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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