New Glasgow Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has stated he signed for the Scottish side to work along with his friend and ex-teammate Steven Gerrard and be part of the club’s history.
The former England striker joined up with the Ibrox club in Tenerife on Monday after signing an 18-month loan from Premier League outfit Bournemouth.
The 36-year-old Defoe admits he still craves a challenge in football and the offer from Rangers was one he just couldn’t resist.
“I am extremely happy, there has been a lot of talk and I remember seeing things in the summer over social media and people were coming up to me and saying “Are you coming to Rangers?” he told the Rangers official website.
“This was before there has even been any contact so to actually be here now I am delighted.
“This is a massive football club and a good opportunity. This is another league for me and I am really looking forward to it.
“I wanted to come here for obvious reasons; I have always known it is a massive football club.
“The history of the club, as players those of the sorts of clubs you want to play for and do well at. You want to be part of the history if you can.
“It was an easy decision to be honest; if you love your football like me and you get an opportunity like this it is hard to turn it down.
“I have been in the Premier League for so long and it is always nice to have a different challenge.
“Sometimes you can, not get comfortable, but you are in your comfort zone there and sometimes it is nice to get away from that and just try and find that fire again, set targets and have a different challenge.
“Winning trophies was another draw, especially how well the lads have done since Stevie has been in.
“I mentioned before being a part of the history and doing something special here, that would be amazing to be involved in.”
Defoe will link up again with his former England teammate Gerrard at Rangers, and he admits the manager was a huge help in luring him to join his new boss at Ibrox.
He has been watching from a far as the inexperienced manager has guided the Gers through the Europa League, and to the top of the SPFL at times this season.
Given that Defoe’s style of play is not dissimilar to Alfredo Morelos, where does the veteran fit into the new-look Rangers attack?
There will be a temptation for Gerrard to field one or the other, especially as the new man finds his feet at Rangers.
However, if Gerrard teams up Defoe with Morelos, he can either adapt his tactics to playing a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 line-up, to serve Rangers better to actually win the title this season.