Daily Record journalist Keith Jackson believes Rangers’ transfer business confirms everyone at Ibrox is pulling in the same direction and is guaranteed to help the club challenge for the Scottish Premiership title this season.
The Gers brought Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe to Glasgow in the opening days of the January transfer window, delighting supporters who recognise that both could have a massive say in determining who wins major honours in Scottish football come the end of may.
Jackson believes the capture of Defoe in particular is real statement of intent.
Writing in his Daily Record column, the veteran writer said:
Of all the many good things Gerrard has done for this club in a short space of time, most significantly of all, he has provided Rangers with a genuine sense of purpose and direction.
And this has manifested itself in Dave King and his regime throwing the kitchen sink at the second half of the campaign in the belief they might never have a better chance of stopping Celtic’s trophy sweep in its tracks.
If Defoe would have been a smart signing for Celtic then it stands to reason that the 36-year-old ought to be a brilliant bit of business for Gerrard. Even if his best days may be behind him, the Englishman is a proven predator and those old habits tend to die hard.
On the face of it, Rangers have won a watch with this signing.
I’m personally counting down the hours until Rangers return to action this Friday, when we take on Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup.
There’s so much intrigue surrounding Gerrard’s potential tactics in the second half of the season after signing Defoe and having the chance to re-evaluate his squad during the winter training camp in Tenerife.
The win over Celtic before the break has given us a hope we’ve not had for many, many years and capitalising on that with positive results in the first few games of our return is crucial. It could give us a momentum that is hard to stop heading into the final few months of the season.