Glasgow Rangers are believed to be confident that Jermain Defoe will be with them for the entirety of the campaign, according to the Football Insider website.

The Gers are said to have held talks with the England international’s parent club Bournemouth, with regards to the likelihood of him being at Ibrox for the remainder of the season, and are understood to have had a positive response.

Defoe is the leading scorer in the Scottish Premiership, with his goals firing Rangers to the top of the table heading into the international break, so understandably Steven Gerrard wants his man for the rest of the campaign.

The Gers have the veteran striker on loan until the end of the season, by virtue of taking him on an 18-month stint in January, but with his form improving all the time, there are fears that Bournemouth could recall him in January.

That doesn’t seem likely though, unless some serious injuries are sustained to the Cherries in forward positions between now and then, as Eddie Howe is not short of options in that department, much to the relief of Rangers.

Even though Bournemouth went down 1-0 at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, they still began the game with three attackers on the pitch and had others in reserve, so the path back into the team of the Dorset outfit seems a lengthy one.

That can only be considered good news for the Gers however, as they look to finally land that elusive 55th title, and end the dominance of their bitter city rivals Celtic.

As well as that, Rangers are looking to make progress in the Europa League, as Gerrard looks to make a huge impression in his second season with the club.

Keeping hold of Defoe for as long as possible is something that will only help him in those quests.

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