Our view: Jermain Defoe's desire for Rangers stay could have big impact on Ibrox teammate Alfredo Morelos

5th May 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Hibernian; Alfredo Morelos of Rangers replaces Jermain Defoe of Rangers in the 74th minute

The Glasgow Rangers striker has benefited hugely from Defoe's time at Ibrox as Steven Gerrard and co continue to go from strength to strength.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers is seen in action during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers fans were smiling this week as Light Blues loanee Jermain Defoe expressed a desire to stay at Ibrox beyond the end of the current season, in conversation with Sky Sports News.

Defoe joined Rangers on an 18-month loan from English Premier League club Bournemouth in the January transfer window, and has contributed to 27 goals in 34 games for Steven Gerrard's side including a hat-trick in the Ibrox club's last outing before the international break.

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"I want to stay... it's a special football club - you feel it," the 37-year-old told Sky Sports News.

 

 

Aside from the on-pitch contributions, Defoe has also been praised for how he helps on the training ground - speaking about Gerrard, he added: "He said to me he's delighted with how I'm playing but not just that, with how I am around the place with the younger lads, helping everyone. It was nice for him to say that."

One player who has benefited hugely from Defoe's presence at Ibrox is Alfredo Morelos, who has not only continued his prolific goalscoring form but has also improved on a disciplinary level, something which Rangers cult hero Marco Negri believed was not coincidental.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the second goal of the game with Jake Hastie of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and...

“It’s a very important part of the game – staying on the pitch," Negri told Herald Scotland in September. "If you are out you can’t help yourself, you can’t help your team. If he stays on he can play, score and win the game for his side. Morelos will have seen how Defoe trains and plays and will have learned from him."

Were Defoe to complete a permanent move to Ibrox, this means he would continue to work his magic on the training ground and continue providing guidance and competition for Morelos - after all, he feels like he can keep playing into his forties - which would have a big impact on his young strike partner's development and even his career.

In addition, it would also hammer home the point that Rangers are a special sort of club - food for thought regarding the Colombian's long-term future beyond the end of his current deal perhaps?

5th May 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Hibernian; Alfredo Morelos of Rangers replaces Jermain Defoe of Rangers in the 74th minute

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