Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on veteran Rangers striker Jermain Defoe for his impact on the Ibrox dressing room.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal and Everton striker admitted the Gers may have another striker “eyed up” to replace the 38-year-old next season.
The England international marked his fifth Scottish Premiership appearance of the season with a late goal in Rangers’ 4-0 thrashing of Ross County on Sunday.
The win helped extend the Light Blues’ lead at the top of the league to 12 points as their Glasgow rivals Celtic were held to a 1-1 draw with St. Johnstone.
Campbell has claimed Defoe’s experience will be vital to keep Rangers “grounded” but admitted he is not certain the former Spurs man will earn a new deal when his contract expires at the end of the season.
He told Football Insider: “Defoe has played his part.
“There is a place for an older, experienced player at that club. He has definitely played his part and you know he always keeps himself in great nick.
“It is up to the club regarding age but it is invaluable having somebody like that behind the scenes.
“He will keep everyone grounded even though they are way ahead in the title race. That kind of character is so important.
“I do not know what the funds are like for the football club, they may have somebody else eyed up for next season, I do not know.
“But I think having an experienced player like Defoe in your dressing room makes a huge difference.”
After struggling with a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season, Defoe has now scored four goals in seven games this campaign.
He has only started three times this term and has contributed a goal or an assist in all three games.