Rangers veteran Jermain Defoe will finally get his hands on the first league winner’s medal of his illustrious career this season – and it would be the ideal time for the former England striker to hang up his boots and take the next step in his career.
Defoe has, incredibly, never won a senior league title anywhere during his career and will get his hands on the trophy later this year when the Light Blues are finally confirmed as champions.
The former Bournemouth, Spurs, Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham and Toronto FC striker made his ninth appearance of the season in the league during the 4-1 win over Dundee United at the weekend, and needs one more to qualify for a medal.
With eight games to go, Defoe will definitely get the appearance he needs to make sure he gets his medal but with his deal up in the summer, it would make sense if he decided to ride off into the sunset.
The arrivals of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten pushed him further down the pecking order at Ibrox and Defoe doesn’t seem like the sort of player who will be willing to drop down the levels and go through the motions.
He’ll want to go out on top and there will be few better places to do it than after winning Rangers’ first title in a decade.
While the prospect of Champions League football would surely be entiing, having failed to make the Europa League squad would suggest he has little chance of one final crack at Europe’s premier club competition.
That might just be the nudge he needs to make the decision most players don’t want to make and call it quits on his playing days and look to see what comes next after a glittering career on the pitch.