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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Kyle Lafferty of Rangers remonstrates with referee Steven McLean after Alfredo Morelos of Rangers lis given a second yellow card during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Phil Thompson has praised Rangers manager Steven Gerrard for his drive in attracting good players to the club.

The retired Liverpool defender says Gerrard has revitalized the era of players returning home to Rangers noting that the arrival of Defoe and Davies will be of huge impact to the club.

“My goodness Steven Gerrard bringing in Defoe, bringing in Steven Davies, would they have actually gone there? Or sensed that would have been a good move for them, absolutely,” said Thompson on Sky Sports News obtained via Thisisfutbol.

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“I’m not surprised (how well he has taken to management) when he did take it, I did think it was a big risk for Stevie, I did say that but I did say if he did go they were going to have to back him because you could see last season between Celtic and Rangers that they were so far behind, player wise.

“It was a big gap to turn around and he has done that with a lot of loans he has had to do it but people are now going to Rangers again, they want to go there again, they want to go up there for a challenge.

“He has turned it around, Defoe and Davies going up there is like the Graeme Souness era when you saw English talent, yes maybe they’re all 30 somethings going there but at least he is being the attraction.”