Steven Gerrard could be about to receive a huge boost at Rangers ahead of next season, with Jermain Defoe seemingly close to a new deal at Ibrox.
The 38-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of the campaign, and considering that new contracts have already been signed by the likes of James Tavernier, Steven Davis, Allan McGregor and Leon Balogun, it seemed as if the veteran striker’s time at Ibrox might well be coming to an end.
However, Gerrard confirmed recently that the club are in talks with the former Tottenham striker over a new deal with the Scottish champions after he emphasised his class with a well-taken goal in the 4-1 Old Firm derby win last time out.
The Light Blues manager said: “It goes without saying that Jermain Defoe is someone I have the ultimate respect and admiration for.
“He’s been a wonderful player. He’s had a wonderful career. To get him up here in the first place was something I was keen to do, because I knew he would help the group in the way he goes about his business. He’s a top professional.
“We’re in talks with Jermain at the moment about what’s next for Jermain. But we want to be really respectful, we want to give him the time to make his own decisions.”
Since signing for the Bears in 2019 on an initial loan deal from Bournemouth, the former England striker has gone on to make 70 appearances for Rangers, in which he has contributed 31 goals and 10 assists.
Although his game-time has been limited this season, as a result of the summer transfer window signings of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten, he has still managed six goals in all competitions and will undoubtedly be a huge presence in the dressing room.
After a win against Livingston last season, Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister was full of praise for Defoe, saying: “Jermain, since he’s arrived here, we’ve always seen the quality. When he’s got on the pitch and he’s played games, he’s looked very very dangerous.”
Defoe has subsequently confirmed that he wants to stay at Ibrox, so it seems likely that a new deal is on the cards, and it would certainly be a huge boost for Gerrard ahead of next season if he stays, as the veteran marksman still possesses a real threat from the bench.