Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has responded after being asked whether or not he wants to stay at Ibrox beyond the end of the current season [RangersTV].

Defoe joined the Gers on an initial 18-month loan from Bournemouth in January 2019 and a year later, he penned a pre-contract deal with the club that expires in the summer.

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Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis are Rangers’ two oldest outfield players. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So far, the 38-year-old has scored an impressive 27 goals and notched ten assists from just 57 appearances in Light Blue.

He’s only featured in five of the club’s 22 matches so far this campaign, though, and given his age, some are wondering if this could be his final season, not only for Rangers, but in professional football.

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“I don’t know – I’ve always just listened to my body,” said Defoe after being asked about his future [RangersTV]. “I think it’s important to listen to your body and also to be honest and especially, to be around people who are going to be honest with you.”

“I don’t feel like I’ve had to adapt my game in any way. Obviously, over the years you change your game a little bit but in terms of massively changing my game and not being able to do the things I was doing maybe a few years ago, I don’t feel like I’m at that stage yet, which is good.

“Touch wood I don’t get any little niggles or injuries and we’ll see what happens. I feel fit and sharp and if I can continue scoring goals at this level then for me there’s no reason to stop yet.”

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Jermain Defoe celebrates netting for Rangers against Livingston at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A muscle injury saw Defoe miss out on the opening month and a half of the season and after the Gers dipped into the transfer market to sign both Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten, it looked as though he would struggle for playing time when he regained full fitness.

However, Steven Gerrard still clearly has plenty of faith in his former England teammate and the striker has featured in three of his side’s last four Premiership fixtures.

He has two goals to show for his efforts so far in all competitions but with a third start of the season beckoning against Falkirk on Sunday, he’ll be keen to add to his tally.

If he can continue to deliver the goods and is content with receiving limited playing time, there’s every chance that he’ll be offered an extension at some point during the second half of the campaign.

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