Liverpool legend Dalglish praises Rangers boss Gerrard over Defoe deal

Jamie Murphy is looking forward to getting back on the pitch this year

Jamie Murphy is looking forward to getting back on the pitch this year

The 36-year-old admitted that he saw three incidents with Morelos, but chose not to punish the Colombian.

"I'm sure there will be plenty of faces I recognise as I go along and I'm looking forward to getting back out at Ibrox".

And with the club level on points with leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, Defoe believes there is a chance to win some silverware.

The midfielder, who turned 34 on New Year's Day, has joined Rangers on a six-month loan deal from Southampton and trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday at the club's winter training camp in Tenerife. You want to be part of the history if you can.

'He's a young manager and his enthusiasm is awesome.

'It was an easy decision to be honest.

'I've been in the Premier League for so long and it's always nice to have a different challenge.

"Winning trophies was another draw, especially how well the lads have done since Steven [Gerrard] has been in".

"Given that the referee took no action at the time, this tends to suggest that such conduct, which in one instance led to a Celtic player, Anthony Ralston, being injured, is acceptable in Scottish football".

"I mentioned before being a part of the history and doing something special here, that would be wonderful to be involved in".

"What we do now is first look to (make) the big squad a little bit smaller and then we will have a look if we find someone who helps us to move our deficits away".

Defoe will now head to Glasgow and undergo a medical at Rangers. The veteran striker has yet to start a league game for Bournemouth this season.

A Scottish FA spokesperson, speaking to STV Sport, said: "We welcome discussion with any of our member clubs".

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