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Alex McLeish has suggested that Rangers may offer Jermain Defoe a new one-year contract at Ibrox beyond this season.

The veteran forward’s current deal is set to expire at the end of this campaign, although he has revealed his desire to stick around in Glasgow.

McLeish has insisted that Defoe could be the perfect talisman to come off the bench, but it will all come down to what the player decides.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It could look like that.

“It will depend on guys like Jermain Defoe. Jermain commands the respect of everyone and he is a champion footballer.

“It depends if Rangers decide to keep him as a talisman or start the first round of his coaching badges. You could see Stevie offering him a one-year deal.

“It will be up to the player, although he may want to end at his boyhood club wherever that is.”

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Stick or Twist?

It will be a tough month for Gerrard, who will be considering the future of his squad and which players may need to leave at Ibrox.

Ross Wilson has already suggested that one or two players may need to leave in each summer for the financial health of the club.

Defoe is on reported big-money wages for a player who hardly features, and a pay-as-you-play deal could make much more sense.

His £30,000-a-week wages are the sticking point, and if they are cut down significantly, it could be a no-brainer to keep him around.

In other Rangers news, Tam McManus takes another sly swipe at the Bears ahead of the planned online boycott this weekend

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