Rangers manager Steven Gerrard provided an exciting update on the future of Jermain Defoe on Friday afternoon, as captured by RangersTV.
The 37-year-old veteran is a year into an 18-month loan spell at Ibrox, but there has long been speculation about him potentially earning a permanent contract with the club.
Back in October, Defoe made it clear he wanted to sign for Rangers upon the expiration of his Bournemouth contract [Sky Sports], while Steven Gerrard has made no secret of his desire to retain the services of his former teammate [Express].
Now, with the player within the last six months of his Cherries deal and officially free to discuss his future, it looks as though an agreement has been reached.
“There’ll be some news in the next day or two,” said a smirking Gerrard, as captured by RangersTV.
He then responded with “I hope so”, when asked whether or not it was good news, before praising the player’s influence as “massive.”
“He’s so important to the team and the squad. He’s so important to the club because of the way he behaves on and off the pitch.”
“I think he’s absolutely fantastic for the likes of Joe [Aribo] and Glen Kamara, the younger lads in the group. He’s someone to aspire to and look up to. He plays a pivotal part on and off the pitch so it’s massive and I’m so happy that, in a couple of days, we’ll get some good news on that.”
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Based on these comments from the manager, we can say with some certainty that a permanent deal has been arranged and when it comes, the long-awaited announcement will be well received by Rangers fans.
He has been an extremely popular figure since he arrived in January 2019 and it’s a great piece of business to tie him down beyond the summer.
At 37, he’s clearly no spring chicken, but with goals in the first two matches of 2020 and 16 for the season, he’s showing no sign of losing his finishing prowess.
At this stage of his career, he doesn’t have the capacity to play week in week out, but across his time in Light Blue, he’s served as the perfect foil for Alfredo Morelos.
In the Colombian’s absence, he’ll be called upon to lead the line again at Hearts on Sunday afternoon, and here’s hoping that he’ll produce another goal to mark the exciting news.