Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is overjoyed that Glasgow Rangers have managed to secure the services of Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth.
After agreeing terms with Steven Gerrard’s side, the 36-year-old is expected to join the Gers squad at their winter training camp in Tenerife on Monday.
Former England international Defoe was clearly surplus to requirements at the Vitality Stadium. Up until now, he had only made four appearances in the Premier League for Eddie Howe’s side this season, failing to register a single goal.
His departure has allowed Howe to bring in Dominic Solanke to provide more support to Callum Wilson up front.
Defoe now links up with his former England national team team-mate Gerrard at Rangers.
Despite his advancing years, Defoe can still play games on a regular basis. The Scottish Premier League is less demanding than the English Premier League and this could help him to possibly prolong his career at the highest level by a few years.
The new Rangers man definitely has what it takes to score goals on a regular basis for Gerrard’s side this term. Defoe can be a valuable asset for the Gers as they look to usurp Celtic and win the title this season.
“To have captured Jermain Defoe on loan from Bournemouth is brilliant business,” Dalglish said on the Sunday Post website.
“He may well want one or two more. But Steven isn’t under pressure to sell and that has to be a positive for him.
“Jermain may well be 36 and have had a number of clubs during his career, but I’m certain there will still be a hunger and burning desire within him to bring silverware to Ibrox.
“He will score plenty of goals.
“Make no mistake, Rangers being able to attract the former England striker will have had plenty to do with Steven.
“He has a great relationship with players from his club and international career.
“He had an excellent career as a footballer and his CV isn’t too bad, is it?”
Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 in the Old Firm Derby at Ibrox before the winter break and are currently level on points with the champions at the top of the table.