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Greg Stewart hails the Jermain Defoe influence on Rangers training pitch

Jermain Defoe of Rangers arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Ibrox striker has had a big impact on his Rangers teammates.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rangers attacker Greg Stewart has explained the influence Jermain Defoe has on both him and his teammates, The Evening Times report.

Stewart was one of Steven Gerrard's summer signings and has quickly established himself as a solid attacking option in support of a usually lone central striker.

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The former Kilmarnock and Aberdeen man has never played for a club of Rangers' size before and has admitted he leans on Defoe, who has massive experience at the elite level, for advice on a regular basis.

As quoted by The Evening Times, Stewart said of his teammate: "Jermain’s an inspiration for me. He is the ultimate professional, the way he’s gone through his career. You get tips off him on the training ground too and great advice.

"He’s been brilliant with me as well. So, it’s just great to play alongside players like that. He’s someone I wouldn’t hesitate to go and ask advice of. He’s always prepared to help anyone in the team. Jermain’s just that kind of guy, he’d do anything to help you."

 

Superb signing on and off the pitch

It's easy to forget that Defoe is actually a player on loan at Rangers, rather than an established signing embedded for years in Gerrard's side. Whether scoring goals on the pitch of helping his teammates off it, he's proven to be one of the Ibrox boss' most inspired signings.

When he signed, it's fair to say there were some sceptics, believing that the veteran might be so far from his peak that he wouldn't be an effective Scottish Premiership talent.

Joel Pereira of Hearts and Jermain Defoe of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Having scored 21 goals and assisted seven times since then, he's more than proven his worth.

With teammates like Stewart also hammering home how important he is at the club's training centre, he's undoubtedly one of their key men, even when not playing as regularly as Alfredo Morelos.

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