Stewart learning from the master Defoe
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.