JERMAIN DEFOE has penned an emotional farewell to Rangers after he was today released by the club.

The Englishman, 39, joined up with old international team-mate Steven Gerrard at Ibrox three-years-ago. 

He made 74 appearances during that time, and bagged an impressive 32 goals. 

He initially joined on loan from Bournemouth, before that deal was made a permanent one. 

Back in the January of 2019, he famously said he was coming to Scotland to win the league title with the club.

And last season he played his part in Rangers' famous 55th league triumph. 

And that is something the veteran says he "will simply never forget".

He wrote on social media: "From the moment I arrived at Ibrox in January 2018, I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of Rangers Football Club.

"There are no many people to thank. From team-mates, coaches and staff, to the Fans who have given me so much love and support from the very First day.
"Winning my first ever league title last season was one of my career highlights, and making it 55 title wins at this Football club makes it even more special. A season I will simply never Forget and memories I will cherish Forever.
"Rangers Football Club will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you For everything, and good luck For the rest of the season."

With Defoe departing the club, Rangers have since recalled Cedric Itten from his loan spell in the Bundesliga. 

He score twice in 12 appearances for Greuther Furth. 

The Swiss attacker will re-join the first team under Giovanni van Bronckhorst to compete with Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala for the main forward positions.