Jermain Defoe has admitted today that not only has he ‘fallen in love’ with Rangers but the newly-turned 37-year old wants to finish his career at Ibrox too.
While he is clearly reaching the end of his playing spell anyway, Defoe confirmed he feels some of the best he ever has, and that he could continue playing into his 40s, and Rangers have reaped the rewards of the ex-Spurs striker’s current form with his scintillating goal tally and ratio for the season.
Speaking earlier, Defoe revealed Rangers have completely taken him over, and there are even rumours on top of the permanent deal Rangers are working on with him, that he could snap up a coaching role at Auchenhowie as well.
The influence Defoe has had on this club and squad cannot be understated – just like McGregor, Davis and of course Steven Gerrard himself, the impact on the younger players like Morelos and Kent that Defoe has furnished this club is frankly priceless, and the respect the ex-England striker commands in the game is very much up there with the best.
While few could truly call Defoe one of the best strikers of his generation, he is certainly one of the best sportsmen of his generation, gaining the kind of affection, respect and pure admiration which few of his peers can boast.
And now he has confirmed, all being well, he wants to commit long-term to Rangers and retire as a Light Blue.
We’d be very happy with that.