THRILLED Jermain Defoe netted his 300th career goal this afternoon – but admitted he’d totally forgotten he was on for the milestone!
The striker came back into the Rangers side this afternoon and scored the second in a 2-0 win with a quite remarkable finish in the first-half.
He reckons having the prospect of making the landmark out his head helped him, and told RangersTV after the match: "I have been thinking about it for a while - but I forgot before the game! Sometimes that is a good thing as I wasn’t thinking about it before the game.
"But I enjoyed it, like you would have seen with the celebration. It is always nice to score goals, but to score my 300th goal like I did, I really enjoyed that one.
"But it is something we looked at on the video - Tav has that range of passing so I think it is important for the forward players to have know if your movement is good you're going to get in.
"It was an unbelievable pass and it is one of those ones which was so inviting - as soon as it came over the top I knew I had to hit it first time, but I tried to stay really relaxed with the finish.
"I just made perfect contact and when it went in, I was delighted."
Defoe has had to wait patiently for his chance this season, with that being his first start of the campaign.
He still looked remarkably fit and sharp, however, and continued: "I've just been doing what I have always done and trained well every day, not miss a training session and I have done a lot of work in the gym.
"It has been hard and, of course, I have been frustrated - but I think the manager appreciates that as if I get to the stage where I just accept not playing then I might as well hang the boots up.
"I was raring to go and I prepared myself really well for the game and I knew when I got the opportunity, I would have to take it.
"Joe [Aribo] did well as well following a long lay-off with injury but it was a good win and we are delighted."
On the game itself, where Aribo netted the other goal, Defoe reckoned there were elements Gers could have done better – but that wouldn’t take away from secured the coveted three points.
He added: "We feel as though we could have played better today as it wasn't the perfect performance, especially in the second half where we could have done a lot better.
"Winning the game and getting the three points was always important, and even during my time out on the sidelines, watching the team play, they have been really impressive.
"So to get myself back in the team and get playing again was really good for me."