Kevin Phillips has claimed that Jermain Defoe could end up making a move back to the Premier League if Rangers don’t look to make his loan move from Bournemouth permanent in the coming months.
The veteran hitman arrived at Ibrox last January on an 18 month deal from the Cherries, and has been a success in Glasgow, hitting 15 goals in all competitions this season alone.
Speaking in December, as per the Daily Record, the 37-year-old made it very clear that he wishes to stay with the Gers beyond the expiration of his current deal.
But pundit Phillips believes that he will have no shortage of suitors should he end up leaving the club this summer.
Speaking to Football Insider, when asked about whether he expected a permanent transfer to be completed, the former Sunderland striker said: “Possibly, I think it just depends on what Jermain wants to do. He strikes me as he just wants to play football for as long as he can.
“I can see it still looks like he’s got that enthusiasm for the game, that love of the game and you know what?
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Rangers didn’t take it up, there would be teams in the Championship or lower end of the Premier League queuing up to take him because they know he’s guaranteed to get you goals, important goals when you need it.
“So it will be interesting to see what they do the end of the season.”
Is Defoe likely to complete a permanent deal?
Let’s hope so.
He may be at a point in his career where most of his peers have hung up their boots, but it’s been abundantly clear, ever since he arrived at Ibrox, that Defoe still has an awful lot to offer a side.
With his 15 strikes already this season, he has been a valuable asset, but in some ways, that only tells half the story.
A far more impressive stat is his strike rate of one goal every 74 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.
That’s a ludicrous return – as a point of reference, Alfredo Morelos has one goal every 84 minutes this term.
He may not start every week, but he is integral to this Rangers squad, and if he’s keen to stay, then surely there’s no reason why he wouldn’t.