Rangers could crush Jermain Defoe’s dream by not offering him a new deal before the expiration of his contract this summer.
That’s according to former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Defoe’s recent comments on being offered a new deal.
Defoe, 38, recently told TalkSPORT that he wanted to finish his career in front of fans which suggests he would be open to signing a new Ibrox deal.
The veteran said, “I want to play another season in front of the fans. This season has been special, I don’t know how I’ll top that. Just a personal one to finish in front of the fans.”
Campbell insists the decision isn’t up to Defoe and that he’ll struggle to convince the Gers decision-makers if their minds are made up.
“I’m sure he’ll want to sign a new deal, it just depends on whether the club wants to,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“That’s the most important thing, if the club wants it to happen and the player wants it to happen then it will happen.
“If the club don’t want it or the club don’t see it as a good decision then obviously he’ll struggle.”
Defoe has scored five goals in 15 total outings for Rangers this season as he became a league title winner for the first time in his career.
He has spent the majority of the season sat behind Alfredo Morelos and Cedric Itten in the pecking order with the 38-year-old only handed three Scottish Premiership starts so far.