By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

12th Mar, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: Bruce suggests Rangers new striker deal may be on the cards

Jermain Defoe may be given a deal that keeps him at Rangers until he is nearly 39.

That is according to the just-retired former Kilmarnock and Premier League defender Alex Bruce, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a striker he’s played against in Scotland and England.

Rangers tied Defoe to a new one-year contract in January that comes into effect when his 18-month loan from Bournemouth expires in the summer.

The prolific forward is currently working his way back from a calf injury but he already has 17 goals from just 1401 minutes of action this season, at a remarkable rate of one every 70 minutes.

Asked by Football Insider about Rangers handing Defoe a deal that will keep him at the club until he is just a few months short of his 39th birthday, Bruce replied: “I’m not surprised.

When you’ve got a player in the dressing room who’s done what he’s done in the
game, will always have that cool head in front of goal, score you a few important goals over the stretch of a season, it’s always nice to have in your dressing room.

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“He’s someone who comes alive in the box. Good finisher, always had good movement, might not be as electric as what he was over five yards in his Tottenham days or when we’ve seen him in the Premier League over the years but he’s still clever and he still scores goals.

Bruce even raised the prospect of Defoe getting another contract extension from the Light Blues.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Jermain went and played up there for another couple of seasons because as long as he stays fit he’ll always score goals in my opinion,” he added to Football Insider.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have slashed the asking price of star man as overhaul gets underway.