Rangers fans have been blown away by a photo of Jermain Defoe from pre-season training.

Defoe didn’t feature regularly last season, playing just over 600 minutes across 20 appearances, scoring seven goals and notching two assists.

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Defoe scoring his first Old Firm goal to round off a 4-0 win at Ibrox in May. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Therefore, there was some uncertainty regarding his future, given that his contract was running down.

However, in a popular move, the club eventually offered him a deal that sees him continue on at Ibrox for another season in a player/coach capacity.

Defoe is tasked with being ready to make an on-field impact when required and also with passing on his knowledge to other strikers both in the Academy and the first team.

The 38-year-old reported back for pre-season duty at the beginning of the week and has been getting stuck in at Auchenhowie, with gym work, fitness tests and plenty more general conditioning taking place thus far.

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Jermain Defoe boasts an excellent goal-per-game ratio at Rangers and he has returned for pre-season looking lean. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On Wednesday evening, Rangers shared an image of Defoe in action during a running drill and it received plenty of attention.

The veteran forward is seen on the move in trainers and the new Castore training gear and he’s in incredible shape.

He looks remarkably lean and strong and many supporters marvelled at the former England international’s physique.

Here’s a selection of reactions:


Defoe isn’t the only veteran in the current squad and another has given a superb explanation for putting pen to paper on a new deal.

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