JERMAIN DEFOE reckons he is on the brink of “something special” following his 18-month loan switch to Rangers.

The 36-year-old striker, a former England international team-mate of Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard, is delighted to get the opportunity of kick-start his career after fading from the first team picture at Bournemouth.

Speaking of his move, Defoe said: “Steven had a big influence because he is an ex-teammate and someone I have always admired and respected.

“He is a young manager and his enthusiasm is amazing. He wants to do well and, like me, he wants to be part of the history of Rangers and create something special.

“It might be a little bit strange having him as my manager. I had it a little bit with Eddie Howe because I was on loan at Bournemouth when I was really young, but only for a few months.

“With this, it will probably be a lot different. My time with England with Stevie was good and we now just have to get on with it, do the best we can, and try and build something positive for the team.”

Defoe, who is seventh on the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorers’ list, is excited about getting the chance to display his predatory penalty-box skills in Scotland and lead the Gers to silverware.

He added: “This is a massive football club and a good opportunity. This is another league for me and I am really looking forward to it.

“It was an easy decision, to be honest. If you love your football, like me, and you get an opportunity like this, it is hard to turn it down.

“I have been in the Premier League for so long and it is always nice to have a different challenge.

“Sometimes you can, not get comfortable, but you are in your comfort zone there and sometimes it is nice to get away from that and just try and find that fire again, set targets and have a different challenge.

“Winning trophies was another draw, especially how well the lads have done since Stevie has been in.

“Being a part of the history and doing something special here, that would be amazing to be involved in.”

Defoe, who won 57 international caps, 40 of them alongside Liverpool legend Gerrard, could make his debut against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup confrontation a week on Friday.

Steven Davis, who has returned to the Ibrox club from Southampton, is also standing by to take his place against the Fifers.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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