By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

8th May, 2021 | 5:05pm

Alex McLeish tips Rangers to hand Jermain Defoe new contract

Alex McLeish has tipped Rangers to hand Jermain Defoe a new contract after his starring role against Celtic over the weekend.

The veteran forward came off the bench in the Old Firm last week and embarrassed Stephen Welsh before firing home.

Defoe’s contract expires at the end of the season, and McLeish believes that both parties would “love” to extend his deal.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Jermain Defoe came on at the tender age of 39-years-old and turned the centre half inside out.

“I don’t know where he’s getting his legs from but he’s some machine. Well, we agreed that he’s a kind of talisman and I think he’s got superb influence in that dressing room from what I’m hearing and players look up to him.

“Whether he wants to keep playing and go back to England and maybe to the Championship, I would say that if Rangers kept him on then nobody would be surprised and certainly not the players in the dressing room.

“They would probably love it because he’s generous with his praise for the players and can give them the right words, so he’s a good man to have about.”

Sign him up.

Defoe has proved in recent weeks that he still has what it takes to dominate the competition if needed.

Steven Gerrard has thrown him into the action ahead of Cedric Itten because of his pace and insane finishing ability.

The forward will obviously need to lower his wage demands with his money through the roof, but should he accept that, there should be no issues.

There is nothing more for Defoe to prove at Ibrox, and he should be ready for a new contract as we look to extend this dominance.

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