Rangers fans were thrilled with his dynamic early displays, but he quickly tailed off and is no longer a nailed on starter for Gerrard.
After years in the wilderness, Rangers have finally returned to something resembling their old selves, with a 1-0 win over Celtic in the latest Old Firm marking a turning point for the Glasgow club.
Gerrard has now identified Defoe as the man to bolster his attacking options and an 18-month loan move is very close to being completed as the striker gets set to link up with former England team-mate.
"Both out of contract in the summer with their respective clubs".
"Look, if a player is willing to come and play in Scotland then we'll roll out the red carpet", our source continued.
A pre-contract agreement with Rangers, however, would leave his current employers unhappy and the player in an awkward position.
Should the deal to Rangers progress as planned, Defoe is expected to join up with Gerrard's squad at a warm-weather training camp in Tenerife before the domestic Scottish programme resumes later in January.
"Hopefully I go to a place where I enjoy it and hopefully they enjoy me being there". According to the Times, Davis will earn around £12,000-a-week at Ibrox and he will sign an 18-month deal.
With Steven Davis also set to re-sign for the Gers, Coulibaly's chances of getting regular minutes from here seem slim.
"A man who has been there and done it before".