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DEFOE LEADS IBROX VETERANS’ SIGNING SURGE

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JERMAIN DEFOE is ready to agree a permanent contract with Rangers – and lead a treble signing swoop by Steven Gerrard.

The 37-year-old former England international striker is on the brink of putting pen to paper while keeper Allan McGregor, who turns 38 next month, and midfielder Steven Davis, who will celebrate his 35th birthday on New Year’s Day, are ready to follow.

Defoe will complete his 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth at the end of the season when he will become a free agent.

He has claimed 21 goals in 43 appearances and his reward is likely to be a one-year extension.

Northern Ireland international Davis, who is in his second spell at the club, will come to the end of his contract in the summer, but Steven Gerrard is preparing a 12-month offer.

Former Scotland No.1 McGregor has triggered an automatic extension based on the number of games he has played since returning to Ibrox in the summer of 2018.

Boss Gerrard, meanwhile, is set to sign a new deal, too, which will keep him at Ibrox until 2024 at least.

Davis was injured and missed the team’s 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final defeat against Celtic at Hampden on Sunday and is likely to sit out tomorrow night’s crucial Europa League Group encounter against Switzrerland’s Young Boys in Glasgow.

McGregor played the entire 96 minutes, but was helpless at Christopher’s 60th-minute winner which, remarkably, was Neil Lennon’s team’s only effort on target throughout the dramatic Hampden showdown.

Defoe came on as a second-half substitute for Finnish midfielder Glen Kamara as Gers chased the game, but failed to help turn things around.

 

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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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