Alan Hutton has insisted his long-time friend Jermain Defoe is keen to remain at Rangers for the entire season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland and Light Blues full-back claimed the striker, who turned 37 today, is motivated by ending Celtic’s nine-in-a-row pursuit.
Defoe agreed a one-and-a-half year deal when he joined from Bournemouth in January but his parent club have the option to cut that short in the next window.
Hutton, who knows the England international well from his time at Tottenham, is convinced that will not happen.
“I can’t see Jermain going back to Bournemouth, that’s not what he wants,” Hutton told Football Insider. “He’s a guy that obviously I’ve known a long time he’s loving it up there.
“He loves scoring goals, he loves football and I knew as soon as he went there, this guy’s a superstar and he’s going to score goals.
“He amazes me how good he still is. He will want to be a Rangers legend.
“If you’re a striker and you’re scoring goals you are going to enjoy it. It’s not that far away from down south so I think he’s a great addition to the squad and he can really, if he wants, he can play as long as he likes.”
The striker tops the SPL goal charts with nine this season after his hat-trick against Hamilton and has 12 from 14 matches in all competitions despite Alfredo Morelos being first choice.
Defoe is averaging a goal every 52 minutes in all competitions and his total of 20 since joining on loan in January sees the overall average at a goal just over every 91 minutes.
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