Ste­wart learn­ing from the master De­foe

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By JOHN Mc­GARRY

FIVE months shy of his 30th birth­day, Greg Ste­wart has cause to be thank­ful that ev­ery day is in­deed a school day. And the Rangers for­ward has no qualms about learn­ing at the feet of a true master. ‘Jer­main (De­foe) is an in­spi­ra­tion for me,’ said Ste­wart of the 37-year-old vet­eran. ‘He is the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional, the way he’s gone through his ca­reer. ‘You get tips off him on the train­ing ground and great ad­vice. He’s al­ways pre­pared to help any­one in the team. He’s just that kind of guy, he’d do any­thing to help you. ‘He just gives you gen­eral ad­vice, what runs he makes, where to pass it. And you think about what he’s telling you and re­alise he’s right.’ Re­vi­talised af­ter un­der­go­ing a full pre-sea­son at Rangers, the op­tion De­foe has of­fered Steven Ger­rard this term when Al­fredo More­los’ limbs have grown weary is surely the rea­son why fewer of the sloppy points lost in the man­ager’s first sea­son have been dropped this time around. ‘It’s unbelievab­le to play with some­one of his qual­ity,’ added Ste­wart. ‘It must be re­ally dif­fi­cult for the gaffer to de­cide who he is go­ing to pick be­tween the two. ‘But it is a good prob­lem to have — two strik­ers scor­ing for fun. Off the ball, the move­ment, they hold it up, they fight… they can do ev­ery­thing be­tween them.’ You sus­pect Rangers will re­quire that full box of tricks to be on dis­play tonight in Ding­wall if they are to keep pace with Celtic. With the home side un­pre­dictable but danger­ous when they have the bit be­tween their teeth, Ste­wart can vouch for the col­lec­tive ef­fort that’s re­quired to leave Vic­to­ria Park with three points. ‘It is def­i­nitely not go­ing to be easy,’ he said. ‘I have been up there a few times and it is a dif­fi­cult place to go. ‘They were 2-0 down at Easter Road, which is a dif­fi­cult place to go. To come back from that, they will be full of con­fi­dence.’ With just one goal in Rangers’ colours to date, Ste­wart (left) added: ‘I have felt like I should have scored more. So I’ve been dis­ap­pointed in that. It’s some­thing I’m look­ing to im­prove.’

EROS GREZDA scored twice for Rangers Colts last night in their Tun­nock’s Caramel Wafer Chal­lenge Cup vic­tory at Soli­hull Moors. The match fin­ished 3-3, with Rangers win­ning on penal­ties.

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