Ex-teammate drops 'unbelievable' Defoe claim as Rangers talks revealed
Alan Hutton has admitted he is desperate to see Jermain Defoe sign a new contract at Rangers.
The ex-Gers ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted his old teammate still had plenty to offer Steven Gerrard next season.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Gerrard revealed the Gers have opened talks with the 38-year-old hitman over his future.
Steven Gerrard has revealed Rangers have opened talks with Jermain Defoe as they plot out the next stage of the striker's career.
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) May 5, 2021
Defoe is out of contract at the end of the season but has voiced his desire to keep playing next term.
Gerrard insisted he would give the hitman time to decide what he wants to do ahead of the summer.
With Rangers looking to push on from their title win this season, Hutton admitted Defoe was not a long-term option.
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However, he insisted his old teammate could still offer invaluable knowledge and experience in the dressing room and on the training ground.
“I love Jermain Defoe to bits, I love what he brings,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He’s looked after himself from day one since I met him in 2008 to now. He’s had a fantastic career, he’s been unbelievable. If he’s happy coming next season on less wages, he knows he’s not going to play as much, he’d be a great addition.
“He is coming to the end of his career, it’s as simple as that. As Steven Gerrard and the rest of the players say, this is the start of something. They’re looking to the future. Jermain Defoe is not the future of Rangers, I think we all know that.
“He’s a wonderful player to have in your squad to bring in. He’s been absolutely outstanding. I would love to see him stay. I think what he brings with his experience, his know-how, would only add value to the squad.
“Also for the young boys coming through, the likes of Sakala. Can you imagine him coming to Rangers and playing with Defoe? Learning off this guy who’s been at the top of his game for so long. I mean that’s an education you can’t buy.
“So I hope he does stay but it’s whether he’s willing to play less games and just be part of the bigger picture.”
Football Insider revealed back in February the England international would have to take a major pay cut to remain at Ibrox.
Defoe, who turns 39 in October, scored his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Celtic.
He has netted 31 times in 70 appearances since joining the Gers.