Rangers are confident Bournemouth have no plans to recall Jermain Defoe from his 18-month loan, Football Insider understands.
The former England striker agreed a one-and-a-half year deal when he moved to Ibrox from the Premier League outfit in January but his parent club have the option to cut that short in the January window.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Bournemouth have checked in on Defoe but there has been no indication in those talks that boss Eddie Howe has any intention of exercising the recall option in his deal.
The striker tops the SPL goal charts with nine this season after plundering a hat-trick in yesterday’s 5-0 mauling of Hamilton.
He 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.
However, Bournemouth are also well stocked up front despite drawing a blank in yesterday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
Howe is happy with the attacking options at the Vitality Stadium, and named first choice pair Callum Wilson and Josh King as well as £19million January signing Dominic Solanke in the starting XI against Arsenal.
Defoe remains a back-up option for Bournemouth if one of their senior forwards suffers a serious injury or sold for a huge fee in January.
The former England international turns 37 today and is showing no let-up in his desire to end his career with a glorious swansong at Rangers.
He has told his loan club he wants to spend the entire campaign in Glasgow and help them end their long wait for a 55th league title.
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