Connor Goldson: Jermain Defoe signing in line with Rangers stature

Connor Goldson believes the arrival of Jermain Defoe to Rangers demonstrates the stature of the club and is optimistic the striker can lead them to the Scottish Premiership title.

Rangers have signed the former England striker from Bournemouth on an 18-month loan deal with release clauses, while Steven Davis has returned to Ibrox on loan until the end of the season.

Goldson, who has been an ever-present in defence under Steven Gerrard this season, says the new arrivals have increased the buoyant spirits within the camp – fresh from their victory against rivals Celtic before the winter break.

Asked whether the new arrivals can propel them to win the league, Goldson told Sky Sports News: “We hope so. That is what they have been brought in to do.

“But at the same time they are just both great signings for us as a team, the whole club and I think they are signings the club deserves to have.

“A club this size deserves to attract players of that level. Hopefully they can come in and have a good impact on us as a team, whole squad and move us forward.”

Goldson admits the club are now determined to attack the second half of the campaign after securing their first Old Firm win in 13 games in all competitions as they go in search of their first league title since 2011.

“We needed it, especially for the supporters,” he said of the 1-0 victory last month, which moved them level on points with Celtic at the top of the table.

“It has been a long time for them to have the bragging rights. It was just a massive game – we knew personally with the league as it was we couldn’t afford to lose.

“Realistically we had to win the game just to get the points back and get level with them. It just makes it interesting going into the winter break so obviously it gives us a massive target to go into the second half of the season to reach.”

Fellow summer arrival Scott Arfield relished the challenge of meeting Celtic and says being involved in the contest was a pivotal factor in his move to Scotland after leaving Burnley.

“[For the] players that have come in this season it was a massive opportunity for us to then become the heroes – get us that first win in a number of years,” Arfield said.

“That is why you sign up for this club. Best game I have played in. Obviously, the result helps that. The atmosphere [was] electric, the magnitude of the game, the fixture [is] amazing. To win the game is amazing for us.

“It was the best atmosphere I have played in. I will never every forget it.”

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