Steven Gerrard has been raving about Jermain Defoe and his comments have hinted that he wants to keep the striker beyond his current loan deal, The Scottish Sun reports.
Defoe bagged a hat-trick for Rangers in the 6-1 win over Hibernian. And Gerrard singled the veteran striker out for praise after the game, insisting that he defies his age.
The 36-year-old scored with both feet and his head to complete a perfect hat-trick. Alongside Alfredo Morelos, Rangers have a deadly front two. Gerrard spoke about Defoe after the game and his comments seemed to suggest the club will explore the possibility of extending his 18-month loan spell, which expires next summer.
As reported by The Scottish Sun, Gerrard said: “I get the age thing. But, for me, the important thing is how you feel. How old is your body? I don’t think ‘he’s 36 so can’t start or play two games on the road’ I just think that I know this player, his hunger, his professionalism.
“He can score goals for Rangers for this season and, if I can predict, next season as well.”
Defoe turns 37 in October but he is still in top form and he knows where the net is. Together with Morelos, Rangers have two distinctly different strikers who can offer goals in abundance.
If the Englishman is still scoring goals (his record is just under one in two for the Gers), then why not extend his deal? At the right price, Defoe could see out his days as a Rangers player and aid a potential title push.