World News – GB – Jermain Defoe says Rangers are sharper this time around


Defoe helped Gers move away six points from Celtic in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Livingston at Ibrox

The undefeated Rangers have won 13 out of 15 games in all competitions this season, conceding just four goals

Steven Gerrard’s men have made a promising start over the past two seasons before dropping after New Years, but Defoe sees an increase in driving this time around

« People don’t see what’s going on around the training ground, » said the former England striker « I noticed a different kind of concentration

« Last season was of course concentrated, because you have to play for a club like this But a different kind of concentration

« Everyone is involved, what the guys do in the gym, not just the senior players but the younger ones The whole aspect

« And I think you need it Every time you try to achieve something special it’s important This is the feeling I have

« I think it’s a number of things, wanting to go first, the long layoff – when something you love to do is taken away from you, you can’t wait to come back

« We’re in a great place by the minute, but you can’t rest on your laurels, you have to improve every day, and we’ll see what happens »

Defoe’s exquisite finish has earned him a 300th career club football goal and his first in the league this season The 38-year-old remains as determined as ever to keep scoring

« I had a hamstring injury which delayed me a bit but I do a lot of work in the gym, I do double sessions

« And I knew that at some point, when I get the chance, I had to take it, because the team is doing well, we have recruited some fantastic players

Defoe added: « I always believed I could score goals even as I got older Sometimes it’s really good when people say, ‘Can he still do it?’

« Because you find that fire in you It’s always nice to show people that you can still do it, because it’s never easy

« I always approach every game as if it was my last, a cup final or the biggest game in the world

« It is important to train well, to adopt good habits, to do small pieces in the gym, to manage my body, to eat well, to sleep well, to try to do everything so that if I have the opportunity, I take it « 

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