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DEFOE TAKES AIM

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JERMAIN DEFOE reckons he is getting sharper as he aims to become a smash-hit during his 18-month loan spell at Rangers.

The 36-year-old striker scored on his debut during the 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park last midweek before coming off the subs’ bench in the win at Livingston on Sunday.

Defoe, a former England international team-mate of Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard, fired blanks during his 80 minutes on the field in the team’s 3-1 Scottish Cup victory over Cowdenbeath at Central Park on Wednesday.

The prolific hitman, who agreed the temporary transfer from Bournemouth last month, said: “Obviously, it is important for me to get games and day by day I am feeling sharper and a lot fitter and I am enjoying it.

“The lads have been brilliant, the fans are great and we just need to keep winning football matches.

“I have come to an environment where everyone is flying, the team is confident and playing well. So, it is keep winning and we will be happy.

“I just want to take each day as it comes, I don’t want to put too much pressure on the lads.

“At the beginning of the season, you want to be in that mix of the teams at the top of the league and if we can achieve something special it would be great for everyone.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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