Paul Robinson has tipped Jermain Defoe to leave Rangers at the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England number one claimed the “relief and delight” on the 38-year-old’s face after scoring against Celtic points toward a summer exit.
Defoe scored his first Old Firm goal on Sunday as the Light Blues beat the Hoops 4-1 at Ibrox.
Defoe and Steven Gerrard were thrilled by the strike and their delight could be seen in the immediate aftermath of the goal, as well as in their post-match interviews.
The experienced striker is out of contract at the end of this month and Football Insider understands he would have to take a major pay cut to stay at Ibrox.
Robinson, who played with Defoe and Gerrard at international level, said the reaction of his former teammates speaks volumes.
“It was a great finish and you could see how much it meant to him,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“We do not know what his next move will be given the stage of his career he’s at. Yes, he could still play another year whether it be north or south of the border.
“You could see how much an Old Firm goal meant to him. At his age and at this stage of his career he still loves scoring goals. He still has that passion.
“It will have been an ambition for him up in Scotland, to score in the Old Firm and to get that before he potentially retires is amazing. Another great thing to have on his CV.
“The way Defoe and Gerrard reacted, perhaps this is his last season at Rangers. It looked like something had been discussed. There was a relief and a delight on both of their faces.”