Jermain Defoe will not get many offers elsewhere and should seriously consider accepting a new Rangers contract at a reduced rate.
That is according to ex-Celtic and Scotland striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Defoe revealed his delight at winning the first league title of his career.
He told the club’s official website: “I have dedicated my whole career and my whole life for these kinds of moments. I always knew it would happen at some point in my career and that is the thing that has kept me going to be honest.
“People always say what has kept you going and how do you stay motivated and it is for moments like this.
The title was confirmed after Celtic dropped points on Sunday, 10 days after Football Insider revealed that Defoe would have to take a pay cut to stay at Ibrox.
Defoe’s contract expires in May but the 38-year-old striker does not want to hang up his boots just yet.
McAvennie is of the view that age is just a number and that if Defoe still feels he can put in a shift for Rangers then he should consider signing a new contract.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He may be added to the coaching staff. I think he can still do a job in bits and bobs but he is 38 now.
“Defoe’s one of those where he knows he’s not going to be playing wherever he wants. He isn’t going to have everyone knocking on his door to sign him.
“As a player, you want to play as long as you can. If he’s still got a job to do at Rangers then I’m not too sure what the problem is there.”
Defoe has played 13 times across all competitions this season, scoring four goals and registering two assists.
He joined Rangers permanently in January 2020 after spending a year on-loan with the club from Bournemouth.