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Alex McLeish has urged Rangers to hand a new contract extension to the exit-bound Jermain Defoe before the end of the season.

The veteran forward’s current deal runs out at the end of May and he shared that he would love to remain at Ibrox to play in front of the fans again.

McLeish was thrilled by Defoe in the 4-0 win over Cove on Sunday but admitted that he could have scored more than the one he managed.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Totally.

“He’s an older player, but he has so much to offer in terms of his knowledge and the feel-good factor among the players. He could have had three or four on Sunday.

“He was maybe a little bit rusty, normally, he would have put those chances away, but his goal was brilliant, and was fantastic.”

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Still got it.

Ally McCoist and Derek McInnes were in awe of the veteran forward after the win against Cove on Sunday, labelling him as a “dream” for Gerrard.

Having said all of that, Defoe is currently on big wages of up to £30,000-a-week and would need to take a big pay-cut to remain in Glasgow [Football Insider].

With his appearance on Sunday against Cove being his first since December, it could be smart to turn this into a deal that could see him coach as well as play.

Either way, Defoe has certainly proved he has what it takes to succeed.

In other Rangers news, Alan Rough has accused Glen Kamara’s agent of potentially bullying UEFA with latest statement on Ondrej Kudela

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