Glasgow Rangers cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Livingston at Ibrox to move six points clear of their arch-rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
Joe Aribo opened the scoring before Jermain Defoe scored his first league goal of the season to secure the victory. The 38-year-old has now scored 300 goals in club football so far, having hit the ball past helpless Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek into the back of the net from the edge of the box.
Rangers took the lead almost immediately after Defoe’s initial shot was blocked, but Aribo was left unmarked, and the midfielder struck home from six yards out. However, the best was yet to come, as the former England international combined with club captain James Tavernier for a cool first-time finish.
Livingston looked lively throughout, as they came close to scoring themselves when Connor Goldson nearly scored an own goal, but Steven Gerrard’s side ground out the result to record their seventh consecutive win in a row.
Defoe, who is one of the highest paid players at the club and was once described as a “predator” by Gerrard, has now scored two goals in four games for the Gers in all competitions this season so far, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench, via Transfermarkt.
SofaScore gave him a high grade of 7.4 – the £1.26m-rated ace took two shots on target, won three out of four ground duels, and took 14 touches of the ball, whilst he completed six out of eight passes at a pass accuracy rating of 75%.
GlasgowLive graded Defoe’s performance at 7/10, claiming he “still has incredible goalscoring instincts, and despite not being involved a great deal, he’s always such a threat in the box.”
Meanwhile, Alfredo Morelos, who is arguably his main competition, is in the middle of a goal drought, as he last scored against Hibernian FC in the league before the international break. However, Kemar Roofe scored a sensational screamer in the Europa League on Thursday night, leading to some calls for him to start against Livingston. Although the Jamaican didn’t start, Roofe came off the bench to replace Defoe in the second half.
Let’s face it, Gerrard is hardly short of options at the top of the pitch, but the Rangers boss faces a huge selection headache as he will have to choose between the three strikers at some stage – and that’s without even mentioning Cedric Itten. We don’t envy him the decision, that’s for sure.
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