Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has admitted that a series of phone calls sold him on a move to Rangers – and told how Steven Gerrard sounded “so excited” when he spoke about the Light Blues.
Defoe moved to Ibrox on an 18-month loan deal and has been in blistering form for the Gers with seven goals and seven assists in seventeen appearances for Gerrard’s side.
“I remember speaking to the manager on the phone and he seemed so excited,”
“He said, ‘Jermain trust me, I have known you for years and if I didn’t feel this was right for you I would never tell you to come but you need to come and see. This is a massive football club and it reminds me of Liverpool’.
“We have the same agent, Struan who is a Rangers fan, and I remember him phoning me at home in Bournemouth.
“He said ‘put the game on’. It was a European game here. I watched the second half. I watched the atmosphere. To be honest I remember phoning back and saying ‘Stru make it happen’.”
The former England international will spend next season on loan at Ibrox again and will be hoping to feature regularly after taking some time to force his way into the side.
A lot could hinge of Alfredo Morelos future and if the Gers decide to cash in on the prolific Colombian international.
Either way, Defoe will be a hugely important figure to have around the club as the aim to stop Celtic winning nine in a row.