In comments reported by the Daily Record, Steven Gerrard has suggested that he would like to keep Jermain Defoe at Rangers beyond the end of his loan deal.
Defoe is set to be on loan at Ibrox until the end of the season. However, the Daily Record reports that the 37-year-old is keen to join the Gers permanently.
And it is unlikely that the large majority of the Ibrox faithful would have a problem with Defoe staying. The striker has scored 20 goals in just 34 appearances. His record in the Scottish Premiership this term stands at nine goals in just seven games, which is all the more staggering given that he has started just four times.
And Gerrard admitted that he would like to see Defoe remain with Rangers while he is in such fantastic form.
“If he stays in the form he’s in then, of course, I would want him around here for as long as possible,” he said, as reported by the Daily Record. “It’s definitely something that’s on all of our minds as a staff and as a club.
“Jermain’s in terrific form. I’m sure he’s frustrated with me in terms of his game time but I love that. He wants to play every minute. He’s just as hungry now as when I first bumped into him at 22 or 23.”
It looks to be a no-brainer for Rangers to sign Defoe permanently if the chance is there. Wages may prove to be a stumbling block – he earns £65,000-a-week at Bournemouth, according to Spotrac – but an agreement can surely be reached.
Defoe is enjoying a brilliant spell at the end of his career, and Rangers are benefitting from having two lethal goalscorers in their ranks.
Of course, there may be an element of risk attached given his age. But Rangers are surely going to struggle to find a better finisher to replace him if they do fail to keep him beyond this season.