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Rangers can achieve something special next season – Defoe

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Jermain Defoe is confident Rangers will enjoy a successful spell next season after enduring Celtic’s eighth consecutive title.

Rangers five-game winning run wasn’t enough to close the gap on their rivals as they finished second with nine points behind Celtic going into the Old Firm match on Sunday.

Defoe, who notched in the winner against Hibernian at Ibrox on Sunday, told Sky Sports News that he is optimistic Rangers can launch a stronger challenge next season.

“I’m looking forward to next season; I think it’s a big year for us, hopefully, we can achieve something special.

“[Manager Steven Gerrard] as a player was so successful, he won everything in the game and he’s brought that winning mentality to the football club.

“I can imagine when he stepped through the door, he said to the players ‘I’m just here to win’.

“You get judged on winning things, it’s as simple as that. I believe, if we add a few more players, especially with the way we’ve been playing, that the signs are good that we can improve next season, kick on, and do something really special.

“I think we’ve competed all season. Obviously, they [Celtic] have gone on to win the league, and that’s that, it is what it is, but next season is a massive one for us.

“It’s not nice when you see your neighbours winning the league, it hurts everyone at the football club.