Veteran Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has admitted that he plans to keep playing next season as he aims to bring the curtain down on his playing career in front of fans – and it gives Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard a tough decision to make with Defoe’s Gers contract up at the end of the season.
Defoe told TalkSPORT that he’ll ‘listen’ to his body but wants to play another season in front of fans before hanging his boots up, saying: “It would be hard to finish with no fans. I’ll listen to my body as well and see how I feel.
“This season, I’ve only had a couple of injuries, nothing major. I’m quite relaxed about it. I want to play another season in front of the fans.”
The former England star has made 14 appearances this season, mainly in the Premiership, but the veteran hitman’s omission from the Europa League squad earlier this season doesn’t bode particularly well for his long-term future at Ibrox.
With the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe all ahead of him in the pecking order, it could be that the veteran is kept around to provide support domestically to take the strain off the other strikers in Europe.
Despite his infrequent appearances for the Gers, Defoe has been lethal in front of goal when called upon, hitting 29 goals in 66 appearances over his time at the club.
As he looks to call time on his playing career in front of fans after a year of empty grounds, there are few fanbases anywhere in the world that will give Defoe a send-off like the Rangers fans will.
Whether he gets that chance or not is down to Gerrard though – and we’ll likely find out in the next few weeks as Defoe’s current deal enters its final couple of months.
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