Celtic must respond to rival Rangers’ big marker after signing Jermain Defoe.

The Englishman will join the Gers on an 18-month loan deal from AFC Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports.

The Hoops are yet to announce a player on any deal, a few days into the window.

The Defoe signing sparks a potential title race that The Bhoys must be equipped for.

Big name signing must be matched by Bhoys

Defoe is the biggest name to arrive in Scottish football as a player arguably since Celtic’s acquisition of Kolo Touré.

The former England international is aiming for first team football and will get that chance with Rangers.

Jermaine Defoe is an aging striker looking for one last club to try and make an impression in. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Although he only has four goals in the last year and a half, Celtic should still be wary of his threat.

With Dedryck Boyata’s agent making wantaway comments and Filip Benkovic off in the summer, the Hoops must get their defence and attack into gear.

Rivals Rangers could potentially have a strike force of Defoe and Alfredo Morelos which in Scotland isn’t to be sniffed at and is capable of leading the blues to the title.

Englishman and Alfredo Morelos can form a title winning partnership and Celtic must respond. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, Celtic’s finances tower over everyone in the league and have the name and stature to go bigger and better than the veteran striker.

Celtic and Rangers going down different routes

The players The Hoops are chasing aren’t coming close to their rivals in terms of stature.

With Steven Davis appearing to be heading north, Steven Gerrard is boosting his team.

Celtic are going for unknown quantities of Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Timothy Castagne.

Combined their transfers could be at least £8 million.

Celtic and Rangers seem to be going down different avenues this window as The Hoops chase hotshot Timothy Castagne. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

The two clubs seem to be going down different directions this window. Rangers buying old experienced names and Celtic young starlets.

Despite everything, Defoe is a big name and will only boost Scottish football.

Celtic must hope the 36-year-old continues his dismal scoring record in Scotland or face a title challenge.

Brendan Rodgers can’t risk that chance and must buy big and well, now.

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