John Hartson raised an important point about Rangers pursuit of Jermain Defoe

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Rangers are being linked to some high-profile names following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as their new manager.

Allan McGregor completed his move back to Rangers earlier this week, becoming Gerrard's second signing after Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield joined on a four-year deal.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper spent 12 years in Glasgow and will hope to help end the club's seven-year trophy draught.

Former Liverpool teammate Martin Skrtel, 33, has been heavily linked with a move to Ibrox from Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

The centre-back played alongside Gerrard for eight years at Anfield and reports in Turkey claim Gers have lodged a £4m bid.

Hoping to take advantage of their new manager's past, Rangers also want to sign Dominic Solanke, 20, on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

There have also been reports linking Jermain Defoe with a shock move across the border.

Hartson on Defoe reports

Former Celtic striker John Hartson raised a valid point regarding reports linking the Bournemouth striker with a move to Rangers.

Defoe, 35, has two years to run on his deal at the Vitality Stadium.


"I don't believe the Defoe rumours," said Hartson on BT Sport. "He's on £120k-a-week at Bournemouth.

"How on earth can he come to Rangers? If they're going to get him on loan, they're going to have to pay £60k-a-week. Not Defoe for me."

Hartson is right - Rangers do not have unlimited funds at their disposal and it's highly unlikely they'll be able to afford the former Tottenham star.

Ferguson disagrees

However, former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson believes Gerrard can tempt Defoe to quit Bournemouth in order to win trophies.

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"There’s something my old club can offer that no amount of money can buy," said Ferguson in the Daily Record.

"Trust me on this, there is no way to put a price on what it feels like to lift a trophy and have a medal hung around your neck.

"I know hundreds of former pros who have had great careers and earned stacks of cash but who never had the chance to savour that feeling.

"Defoe has had a wonderful career but has never known the joy of holding silverware above his head. As a 35-year-old at a club like Bournemouth, let’s just say his time is running out.

"If Gerrard can offer him this chance to end his career with a bang then maybe Defoe will reach the conclusion money can’t buy him the happiness he might find in Glasgow."

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