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Jermain Defoe makes admission ahead of Rangers and Celtic showdown next month

Steven Gerrard head coach of Rangers FC and Jermain Defoe of Rangers FC  during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Legia Warsaw and Rangers FC on August 22, 2019 in...

Celtic and Rangers are set to lock horns in a mouthwatering Scottish League Cup final encounter next month.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has admitted that he had 'other options in England' before joining the Gers as he stated that he joined to play in games such as the one against Celtic next month.

Whilst Defoe has already tasted an Old Firm contest, he is yet to play in a final, and he will get his wish next month when both Rangers and Celtic clash in the Scottish League Cup final. 

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The England veteran has seen a lot and been a part of a lot during his career, both in England's top-flight, abroad in the MLS and on the international stage.

 

But with that final edging closer, Defoe has stated that he joined Rangers for moments like the one next month at Hampden, as he shared how excited he is to be playing in that fixture. 

"That's what I came here for, to be honest," Defoe told the Daily Mail. "I had other options in England but when I got the call from the club I thought, do you know what? The opportunity to come to a club of this size at the back end of my career and try to win some silverware - for me it was an easy decision.

"A game against Celtic at Hampden? It doesn't get any bigger than that. The stadium is going to be electric. For me, it is all part of the experience. When you finish playing you want to be able to look back and say:

"I experienced big games like these. To come and play at such a big club in front of these special fans at this stage in my career, it's just brilliant. If we win it would be up there with anything I have achieved. Of course, it would."

Joel Pereira of Hearts and Jermain Defoe of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Defoe started the last Old Firm encounter against Celtic, as Steven Gerrard was out thought on the tactics front from Neil Lennon at Ibrox.

It wouldn't be a surprise if Alfredo Morelos is the man starting in the Scottish League Cup final, with Defoe hoping to make his impact from the bench. 

Either way, it seems as though Defoe is looking forward to proving his worth on such a big stage and in such a big encounter in Scotland's top-flight. 

Jermain Defoe of Rangers is seen ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on October 20, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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