Defoe is still technically on a loan, but he has been at Ibrox for a year now and he has fared well.

He is very much the club second-choice striker. Steven Gerrard does not like to refer to him as such, but he has the support action to Alfredo Morelos.

Much more frequently than not, the Colombian plays the big matches, and Defoe comes in for cup games or straightforward-looking home fittings.

At 37, it is a role he is clearly content with and the supervisor could hardly have requested much more of him in relation to outcomes.

There have been particular games and situations where he hasn’t been as successful as he might have hoped. By way of instance, he struggled to impose himself handed at surprise Old Business begin in September, while he was also ineffectual off the seat in the League Cup final.

Nevertheless, in the primary, he has been brilliant. 11 of these strikes have come in the league, meaning he has scored only 1 goal fewer than the much-heralded Odsonne Edouard, in about half of the time.

The veteran has two league hat-tricks to his name both arriving at Ibrox against Hibernian and Hamilton respectively, while he also scored a brace as a substitute off at St Johnstone.

Occasionally he can cut an isolated figure up top and he lacks a physical presence in the region.

However, regardless of the fact that his professional career now spans more than 20 years, his motion and finishing are still both eloquent.

The England international hasn’t won a league title, but if he keeps up his form over the second half of this effort, he could help the Gers secure their 55th.