The Smile Says It All!

“THE smile says it all” was a thrilled Jermain Defoe’s reaction to signing a one-year pre-contract with Rangers which will kick-in this summer.

To date, Defoe has hit a superb 16 goals in all competitions this season to make it a total of 24 in a year at the club after arriving on-loan from AFC Bournemouth.

He’s achieved so much in his career at a number of top clubs, as well as internationally with England – but he insists the opportunity to join and then re-sign at Ibrox until the summer of 2021 was easy for him.

“I think the smile says it all!” he beamed as he spoke exclusively to RangersTV. “I’m just delighted to be honest – when I first signed, as I’ve said many times, it was an easy decision because I have always known about the size of this football club and the history and the great players that have played for this club, so I think for it to get all sorted and for me to secure my future here for another year is really special.

“I’m delighted, my family are happy and to have an opportunity to play for this football club is special for me.”

“I knew at the end of the season, of course, my Bournemouth contract would be up and my loan deal would be up, but always at the back of my mind I thought if I could get the opportunity to sign another contract here, it would be special.


“I’ve spoken about winning trophies and achieving something special together – and for me, not only this season, I can look forward to next season and doing the same next season as well.

“I am delighted that it is sorted now and I can just get my head down, continue to work hard and continue to score goals hopefully and help this team and this club achieve something special as that is the aim and the main goal.”

The one thing missing from Defoe’s illustrious career, really, is a long list of honours.

To date, a League Cup winners’ medal with Tottenham in 2008 is all he has won in 20 seasons as a professional – but the opportunity to potentially add to that here at Rangers is something which excites him greatly.

“Of course,” he added. “If you look at any player, that’s why you play football – you play football to win trophies and be remembered.

“From my time at Tottenham, I believe with the squads we had there, maybe we should have won a lot more with the players we had.

“Obviously it wasn’t meant to be for whatever reason and I am at a place now where I am playing in a top, top team with some top players – full of internationals and there is a good mix between the young and senior players.

“For me, it is not just about the football. I think it’s about what I bring to the changing room in terms of helping the boys be professional and I suppose how you conduct yourself – especially representing a club like this.

“Anything I can do to help – not just the boys in the first-team but even the younger lads that are coming through.

“So, for me it is more than just the football – I think it’s the full package that is important.”

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Jermain Defoe Signs Gers Contract

RANGERS are today delighted to confirm that Jermain Defoe has signed a pre-contract to join the club on a permanent basis this summer.

England international Jermain, who has 20 goals from 57 caps, joined the club last January on a loan deal from AFC Bournemouth that will run until the end of season 2019/20.

Jermain will then be clear to sign a one-year deal with Rangers in a move which will delight the fans.

From 48 games played under Gerrard at the Gers, Jermain notched 24 goals and made himself a firm favourite with the Rangers support and his team-mates alike.

Currently the seventh highest scorer in English Premier League history and sixth highest scorer in the history of Tottenham Hotspur, he has enjoyed an excellent first twelve months at the Gers.

Experienced at the highest level of football domestically and internationally and having experience playing abroad with Toronto FC in MLS, he has played an important part in sharing his knowledge with some of the younger members of the squad, who describe him as the ultimate professional.

Throughout his twenty year career, he scored 162 English Premier League goals and featured for Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Bournemouth.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said: “It’s fantastic news. It’s something we have been working on over the weeks and it is great to finally get that done and dusted.

“I think it’s great news for all the supporters and everyone connected to the club for many different reasons.

“He is an incredible professional with the way he goes about his work on and off the pitch – he is a credit to himself and his family.

“And also on the pitch, which is the main thing. He is still contributing heavily – he is a major part of this group, this team and this squad and hopefully, together we can go and share some success as I think he deserves that.”

Rangers Sporting Director Ross Wilson said: “Jermain is a wonderful professional and character.

“Having his quality and experience in our squad is not only valuable on the pitch, but he is also a huge influence and example to our young players aspiring to represent Rangers in the future”

Speaking about signing his pre-contract, Jermain said: “I think the smile says it all!

“I’m just delighted to be honest – when I first signed, as I’ve said many times, it was an easy decision because I have always known about the size of this football club and the history and the great players that have played for this club, so I think for it to get all sorted and for me to secure my future here for another year is really special.

“I’m delighted, my family are happy and to have an opportunity to play for this football club is special for me.”

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A Different Hearts

STEVEN GERRARD expects a “slightly different challenge” from Hearts on Sunday as they adjust to life under new manager Daniel Stendel.

The Light Blues had one of only a handful of blips this season last time out at Tynecastle, drawing 1-1, but have since beaten the Jambos 3-0 in the League Cup and 5-0 in the Premiership.

Gerrard recognises the alterations the German boss has made and insists his players must play to their maximum on Sunday.

He told this morning’s press conference: “We expect a slightly different challenge in a few ways because I think a manager has come in and changed the style, changed the philosophy and changed quite a few players.

“Obviously, the environment will be the same, so it will be a tough game and a tough challenge against a team that has taken points off us in a recent fixture.

“It is a team we have got respect for, it is a venue we have got respect for and we will have to be at our best because we weren’t last time and we suffered a bit of a set-back.

“I think each game is different even against the same opposition. They will probably play a different formation, some personnel will be different, but I am expecting my players to be better.

“We will be different as well in terms of the team from that day so I think it will be a completely different game.”

Gerrard was quizzed on the progress of skipper James Tavernier after his hernia issue, and the manager responded: “I’ve not got an exact date but he is progressing well and now he is starting to work out on the bike and in the gym and I am sure he is about to break into a jog at some point so that is positive news.

“He got a good report from the surgeon and had the stitches taken out so we are a lot closer than we were. Greg [Stewart] again will miss the weekend but he has got an outside chance for Ross County.

“Fil [Helander] is off crutches and he is walking about so his rehab has begun but that is going to be a slow burner.”

The manager also spoke today about potential transfer business in both directions.

He said: “Robby [McCrorie] was confirmed at Livingston and he has gone and had a real positive debut.

“In terms of being close ins or outs I’d say no. I know there’s a lot of speculation about some of our players at the moment but we have had no bids.

We have had phone calls and this that from all kinds of different agents but there’s nothing for me to report in terms of being close, either in or out.”

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Seatsub Available For Ross County

CAN’T get to the game? Earn credit towards your 2020/2021 season ticket by releasing your seat for the game against Ross County on Wednesday 29 January. 

Help keep Ibrox roaring and win exclusive Rangers prizes through Seatsub.

If you use Seatsub throughout the month of January you will be entered into a prize draw to win a VIP trip to the Hummel Training Centre, the club’s state of the art training base.

For more information or to release your ticket for the Ross County game, click HERE.

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Joe: A Better Player & Person

JOE Aribo says the pressures of playing for Rangers is making him a better player and person – as the Gers gear up to head back to Tynecastle to right some wrongs.

Aribo was part of the Light Blues side which drew with the Jambos in October, one of only two draws and a single defeat in the Premiership this season. The result was a catalyst for an impressive run, which started with an away draw against Porto.

Aribo admits it is the high level of expectation from Rangers fans and staff which is spurring him and his teammates on into a second half of the season which has started with two wins.

He told the media: “One thing I have always said is that the fans, they are just ruthless, they want to win every game and it has to be by a big margin.

“I know every week I have to perform, I have to be the best that I can be and we have to do that as a team also. 

“That pressure makes you a better player and a better person because you know if you’re sloppy or you’re not at your best then you will come out of the team. It is good pressure and it is what you need to be the best that you can be.

“You have to get the chance to play in a position and grab it. I just want to keep being able to grab that position.

“I just want to go out there and express myself, that’s all the gaffer says to me before a game and I am just happy that I am able to do that.

“We know how aggressive and fast this league can be so that was one thing I had to learn when I came here. I am just grateful I am able to have caught up with it and can perform.

“We have to have a quick turnaround in this period of games because you can’t dwell on the last result or the last game; we just have to think about the next fixture that is coming.

“Momentum is a big thing and if you are winning then you just want to keep winning, keep playing and keep the games coming thick and fast so you can keep winning.”

Jermain Defoe will lead the line for the Gers this weekend, as Alfredo Morelos completes his suspension and Aribo says it does take the Rangers team some adaptation to play with a different striker.

Defoe was on target last season at Tynecastle when his side won 3-1 but the 1-1 draw earlier in this campaign was a disappointment Aribo would like to make up for this weekend.

He continued: “It was a difficult one to take because obviously the result wasn’t what we wanted but we have the chance to rectify what we did the last time and come out and be better.

“They use it (Tynecastle) as a big factor for them and you can see with the crowd being close it is a bit intimidating but you can’t use it as an excuse and we just have to be better than last time.

“With the noise at Ibrox that is the worst place to go to for opposing players. We know that with the backing of our fans at Tynecastle then we can just be confident. 

“We know what Jermain can do and we know what kind of striker he is, whereas Alfredo is very different to him. You have to adapt to who you are playing with and that is what we have to do.

“You can see what Jermain does for us, Glen Kamara and I, we call him Uncle!

“You can see how professional he is, he is the first one in and the last one to go home. It just shows why he is still able to do what he is doing, even at the age he is at.”

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Accies Tie Confirmed

RANGERS’ Scottish Cup tie with Hamilton Accies will be played on Saturday, February 8.

The game kicks-off at 12:30pm at the Fountain of Youth Stadium, and will be shown live on Premier Sports.

Ticketing details will be confirmed in due course.

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Jordan Houston Signs For Ayr United

RANGERS can today confirm that Jordan Houston has joined Ayr United on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee with the club retaining future options on the player.

The 19-year-old defender spent the first-half of the season on loan at the Scottish Championship side making 16 appearances.

Jordan, who came through Rangers Academy, made his professional debut for Rangers in a Scottish Cup win over Cowdenbeath in January last year.

We thank Jordan for his time at the club and wish him all the best at Ayr United.

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Bobby Brown Funeral Details

THE FUNERAL of Rangers legend Bobby Brown will take place on Friday, January 31.

The service will be held in St Michael & All Angels Church, Helensburgh at 10:45am, which will be followed by a private cremation in Cardross.

After the cremation, all are welcome to The Royal Northern Yacht Club in Rhu.

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Flanagan Happy To Be Back

JON FLANAGAN was delighted to be back in the Rangers starting XI for tonight’s win over St Mirren.

It was the full-back’s first competitive appearance since facing Aberdeen at the start of December, and, as well as featuring, he was also thrilled as Gers dug-out the three points against stubborn Saints.

He told RangersTV: “It was great and every time I am picked to go and play, it’s a brilliant opportunity for me to go and express what I can do and go and try get three points.

“We knew they were going to come with a low block, but we have got to break that down. It was a bit frustrating as we would like to have got a few more goals but at the end of the day, we got three points and we move onto Sunday.”

Flanagan reflected on the warm-up matches against Tashkent in Dubai and then Queen of the South at the Hummel Training Centre, continuing: “I think they were beneficial and we needed them to get the rust out of our legs to get back going again after the break, and we got the job done tonight.”

Boss Gerrard praised the defensive effort of his side tonight to limit the Saints to very little, with the full-back adding: “Our main aim is to keep clean sheets and we knew at half-time being a goal up, if we kept a clean sheet, the three points would be ours.

“All the defence kept it solid and got that clean sheet we all wanted. With them playing so defensive, you have always got to be aware for the counter-attack, and when they are playing long-balls, you’ve got to cut them out.”

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