Jermain Defoe excited about future at Rangers
Last Updated: 08/01/19 9:09pm
New Rangers striker Jermain Defoe believes he and manager Steven Gerrard can create something "special" together at Ibrox.
The 36-year-old forward has been reunited with his former England team-mate after moving to Ibrox on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth.
Defoe won 57 caps, 40 of them alongside his new Light Blues boss, and thinks they can enjoy success together at Rangers, who are only behind Celtic on goal difference at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Defoe told RangersTV: "Steven had a big influence (on the move), 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.
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"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 is seventh on the Premier League's all-time top goalscorers' list but is excited about the chance to test himself in Scotland - and possibly claim some silverware.
"This is a massive football club and a good opportunity," he added.
"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."