Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Rangers to replace Jermain Defoe with a better striker at the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker suggested Defoe could drop down to the English Championship if he wants to continue his playing career.
As first revealed by Football Insider, Defoe is set to leave the Ibrox giants in the summer when his contract expires.
It will save Rangers £1.5million-a-year if Defoe leaves and does not renew his deal.
On the back of their remarkable progress in the Europa League, Agbonlahor has tipped the Light Blues to attract “better” players in the summer.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s hard at Rangers because Kemar Roofe is younger and is a good striker and Alfredo Morelos is a good striker.
“I feel like if Rangers do win the league, which it looks like they’re going to do and if they get to the latter stages of the Europa League, which it looks like they’re going to do, they’re probably going to attract better players now and a top striker.
“Steven Gerrard won’t want to sit on the squad he’s got – he’ll want to keep getting better and better.
“Jermain Defoe will be hoping to play longer and I’m sure any Championship side would love to have him in their side.”
Defoe, 38, has scored four goals in 12 appearances across all competitions this season but only has started four times.
He has not featured in a matchday squad in the Europa League since the qualifying rounds at the beginning of October.