JERMAIN DEFOE has revealed his emotion at becoming an Old Firm scorer after breaking his duck in the famous fixture last season.

The 38-year-old netted the final goal in Rangers' 4-1 derby win at Ibrox in May as Steven Gerrard's side ensured they would end the campaign without defeat to Celtic.

It was one of seven strikes that Defoe netted throughout the season as he played his part in Rangers' Premiership title triumph.

HeraldScotland: Jermain Defoe

And the striker admits that moment was a special one for him following a chat with Ibrox legend Graeme Souness that heightened his expectations for derby day.

“Again I was emotional and I had tears in my eyes," Defoe told the Rangers official souvenir magazine. "When you sign for this club that is the fixture you look for.

“I remember I bumped into Graeme [Souness] in the airport when I signed and he said it is the best game in the world.

“So obviously you look forward to playing it and I’ve always wanted to score in it. I have scored in other derbies but I just thought that I need to score in this game.

“I remember sitting watching it and all the lads were telling me that they fancied me to score.

"I just had a feeling that when I went on I was going to score, and even if it was a tap-in it would still have been the best feeling.

HeraldScotland: Rangers' Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring their side's fourth goal of the game with teammates during the Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox

“But I think the way I scored the goal, it was like rolling back the years. I actually worked on that in training the day before which is quite funny.

"But if you see the celebrations you can see I was quite emotional when I got that goal and you can see how much it meant to me."