Uncertainty continues regarding the future of Jermain Defoe, as the veteran Rangers striker’s contract runs down.
Defoe didn’t feature all that regularly this season, making 20 appearances in total, only five of which were starts.
However, he finished the season strongly with well-taken goals against Celtic and Aberdeen, proving he’s still got the sharpness it takes to succeed.
Steven Gerrard confirmed at the start of the month that the club had opened contract negotiations with the 38-year-old [Sky Sports] and a subsequent Sky Sports report claimed that he was keen to stay on for another season.
Then, after Saturday’s final Premiership fixture against the Dons, Defoe said that he wanted to stay on at Ibrox ‘forever’ [Sky Sports].
Despite all the positive noises, though, things remain very much up in the air, with fans still waiting for an official update on his future.
Negotiations can take a while even if both parties ultimately want the same thing. However, time is running out, with the former England international soon set to technically become a free agent.
Gerrard’s previous comments suggest that he wants his former international teammate around next season, but will Defoe perhaps have to take a sizeable wage cut that reflects a reduced role in the squad? Or would a dual playing/coaching deal be suitable?
The clock is ticking and many Bears will be hoping for an extension announcement before the end of the month.