Jermain Defoe has insisted he would love to stay at Rangers beyond this season after the 4-0 victory against Cove on Sunday evening.

Steven Gerrard handed his former international teammate his first outing since December in the Scottish Cup, and he wouldn’t have regretted it.

The veteran forward scored on his return to the starting XI, firing home from distance to kickstart the Bears on their way at Ibrox.

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Speaking to Premier Sports after the clash, Defoe joked that he could play on for much longer if he is handed that opportunity.

“I’m just focused on getting this season done,” he said.

“When the season’s finished, we’ll decide what happens. It’s well documented how much I love it here, how much I love playing in front of the fans.

“To get the opportunity to play in front of these fans again, for me, it would be special because I’ve loved it. I felt really sharp and fit so, maybe I’ll play another five years.”

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Defoe is screaming out for Gerrard and the Bears to extend his current deal at the club, and he did himself no harm this evening with a professional display.

The fans have adored the striker during his stay in Glasgow, and the fact he started ahead of Cedric Itten on Sunday could prove he is potentially in line for a new deal.

With his contract expiring at the end of this campaign, he could be about to follow Steven Davis and Allan McGregor in signing a new one-year contract.

Defoe could have done himself more favours, and probably should have done after missing a handful of clear chances after his goal.

Time will tell, but Defoe is clearly a great influence to have around the club and there could be few complaints should he stick around.

In other Rangers news, BBC Sportsound pundit singles out ‘extremely strong’ defender for praise against Cove on Sunday evening

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