On-loan Rangers forward Jermain Defoe has said that he is hoping to remain at Ibrox permanently after impressing in Scotland.
The 37-year-old forward joined Steven Gerrard’s men in January on an 18-month loan deal from Premier League outfit Bournemouth. In 33 appearances in all competitions for the club, the former England international has scored 17 goals.
He is out of contract at the Vitality Stadium at the end of the 2019/20 campaign and hopes to earn a contract with Rangers sooner rather than later, suggesting conversations have already taken place.
He said: “I have spoken to the manager and he knows how much I have enjoyed my time here.
“I said to one of my friends recently that I haven’t been here that long really but the appreciation from the fans is something special. You don’t always get that. You get it if you score goals, but I feel like the appreciation in a short space of time.
“I sat down and had a relaxed chat with the gaffer. Even last season when I wasn’t in the team, he told me to be patient and keep doing what I was doing.
“It isn’t just about on the pitch it is off the pitch as well. Sometimes the younger players ask me questions and it is always nice to give something back and help the younger guys.
“Both parts are important, but the manager knows I love it here and I know he wants me here.”
Rangers are in action on Sunday afternoon as they do battle with Hamilton. Defoe is at a price of 23/10 with Paddy Power to hit the opening goal.