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Loan watch: Defoe hits perfect hat-trick

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Jermain Defoe plundered his first hat-trick for Rangers in their 6-1 victory over 10-man Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership yesterday.

The 36-year-old striker put the Light Blues 2-0 ahead after just 15 minutes at Ibrox, opening the scoring with his right foot and doubling it with his left.

Defoe completed his ‘perfect’ treble 16 minutes from time when he headed home a cross from Steven Davis to make it 3-1.

He was then replaced by Alfredo Morelos, who added a double, before Sheyi Ojo netted late on as Rangers followed up their opening-day win at Kilmarnock.

Daryl Horgan had halved the arrears for the visitors in the 40th minute, while Sean Mackie was sent off for picking up a second yellow card in the second half.

Defoe told RangersTV: “It was nice and, as a forward, you want to score goals and to get a hat-trick was special.

“It was my first one here and, hopefully, I can get many more. It was a special day and to get three points was massive.”

Harry Arter starred on his debut for Fulham in their 2-0 victory over Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Arter (pictured above) set the tone for his impressive display when he put in a crucial sliding block to prevent Bradley Johnson drawing first blood in the 14th minute.

The Cottagers claimed their first win since being relegated from the Premier League thanks to Tom Cairney’s spectacular opener from 25 yards, with Arter providing the assist, and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late tap-in.

Sam Surridge went close to breaking the deadlock for Swansea City in their 0-0 draw at Derby County in the Championship.

The 21-year-old striker (pictured below) came off the bench to replace Borja Baston in the 68th minute and saw his 75th-minute effort flash past the post.

Surridge, who will be hoping to feature when the Swans host Northampton Town in the EFL Cup tomorrow, told the club website: “I loved it. Making your debut for any club is a special moment.

“It was a brilliant point for us away from home. We probably could’ve won it and we’re disappointed not to but it’s still a good one gained.

“Hopefully, I can make my first start in the cup. I will be ready if I’m called upon.”

Mikael Ndjoli was unfortunate not to register his first goal in League One during Gillingham’s 2-1 defeat by Burton Albion at Priestfield.

Ndjoli, one of eight home debutants in the Gills starting line-up, went close to doubling their lead with a dipping 20-yard effort which flew over the crossbar.

He was replaced at the interval by Mark Byrne with the hosts trailing after Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead’s double had cancelled out Ouss Cisse’s seventh-minute opener.

Emerson Hyndman came on as a 78th-minute substitute in Atlanta United’s 2-1 win over New York City in Major League Soccer yesterday.

Josef Martinez scored both goals for the defending champions to extend his MLS record streak to 10 successive games.

Brad Smith sat out Seattle Sounders’s 3-3 draw with New England Revolution due to a hamstring injury.

Frank Vincent made his second start of the season for Torquay United in their eventful 3-3 draw at Bromley in the National League.

A Jamie Reid penalty and a goal from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans saw the Gulls twice come from behind at Hayes Lane before Jake Andrews gave them the lead midway through the second half.

Frankie Raymond scored directly from a corner to complete the scoring with Vincent, an unused substitute during Torquay’s midweek defeat at Solihull Moors, replaced by Opi Edwards four minutes from time.

Goalkeeper Calum Ward and defender Sam Sherring both started Weymouth’s resounding 4-1 win over Chelmsford City in National South.

Ward made his third appearance for the Terras, while Sherring was handed his second debut having returned to Bob Lucas Stadium on loan on the eve of the clash.

Josh McQuoid’s hat-trick and a goal from Ben Thomson helped Weymouth maintain their unbeaten start ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Slough Town.

Jake Cope was an unused substitute for Poole Town as they opened their Southern League South campaign with a convincing 4-1 win at Farnborough Town.

Havant & Waterlooville loan star Ollie Dennett marked his debut with a hat-trick and Will Spetch also scored for the Dolphins who entertain Tiverton Town tomorrow.

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