Former England international Les Ferdinand thinks Jermain Defoe will thrive under the pressure Rangers are under next season.

The veteran striker is nearing the end of his playing career and Ferdinand thinks he’ll be desperate to go out on a high and get his hands on his first league title.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Former Newcastle United player Les Ferdinand working as a pundit for Amazon Prime before the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane on December 5, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
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Defoe finished the season as Rangers’ top league goalscorer and Ferdinand thinks that having the finishing line in sight will give Defoe a “real boost.”

“The pressure in Glasgow is always intense, but it will be cranked up even more next season given what’s at stake,” Ferdinand told the Scottish Sun.

“Jermain is the type of guy who will be so up for it.

“I know from my own experience when you are nearing the end of your career you start to see the finishing line.

“Let’s be honest, Jermain will be in that position right now. But it can also give you a real boost.

“You know it is coming so you want to finish on a high.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 22: Jermain Defoe of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and St. Mirren at Ibrox Stadium on January 22, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Defoe’s permanent one-year Rangers deal he penned back in January gets underway this summer after spending the last 18 months on loan in Glasgow.

The veteran scored 17 times in all competitions, mainly playing second-fiddle to Alfredo Morelos before the campaign was prematurely curtailed due to Covid-19.

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