Rangers forward Jermain Defoe has spoken out amid uncertainty regarding his future at Ibrox [Premier Sports Twitter].
The veteran’s current deal is set to expire in the summer and he has struggled for playing time this season.
However, last month, he suggested he would like to stay on [Scottish Sun] and he grabbed a rare opportunity to impress on Sunday.
The 38-year-old started and scored in a strong 73-minute outing against Cove Rangers at Ibrox as the Gers cruised into the Scottish Cup fourth round with a 4-0 win.
After the match, Defoe spoke to Premier Sports and responded when Emma Dodds asked whether or not there had been any progress on a new deal.
“I’ve just focussed on getting the opportunity and if I get the opportunity, focussing on my performances,” he said [Premier Sports Twitter]. “The players that are playing in front of me have done well. The forwards are scoring goals, so you’ve just got to focus on playing football, training every day, keeping fit and keeping sharp and then when the season’s finished, I suppose, deciding what will happen.”
“It’s well documented how much I love it here and how much I enjoy playing in front of the fans. To get an opportunity to play in front of these fans again, for me, would be special because I’ve loved it and loved my time here.
“I wanted to feel good [against Cove] and I felt really sharp and fit, so I don’t know, maybe I’ll play another five years!”
Defoe’s final comment was delivered with a laugh but although he wouldn’t categorically say it, it does appear that his sights are set on staying in Glasgow for at least another season.
His performance at the weekend, albeit against lower-league opposition, was the latest evidence that he still has the quality to deliver in the final third, but it’s yet to be seen whether or not Steven Gerrard feels his former England teammate’s services will be required for the 2021/22 campaign.
Meanwhile, Michael Beale has dropped an exciting hint regarding Gerrard’s own future at Ibrox.