Rangers have announced Jermain Defoe has signed a pre-contract to join the club permanently from Bournemouth in the summer.

The player's current loan deal runs out at the end of this season when he will sign a one year conract.

Defoe has notched 24 goals in 48 games since arriving in January last year.

With 16 goals this season, the 37-year-old has been a vital squad member as the Ibrox club challenge Celtic for the title.

Defoe admits that the move north of the border has been a special one, even in a career full of great moments.

He 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.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was delighted to get the deal done and praised his former England teammate for what he has brought to Govan.

He told the club's website:: “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 added: “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”

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