Uk news Jermain Defoe would consider Rangers player coach role claims former striker PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The veteran striker netted his first goal against Celtic on derby day but is out of contract at the end of the season.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Jermain Defoe enjoyed his goal against Celtic at the weekend. Maybe not as much as the Rangers fan who tweeted that the only guy is Scottish football old enough to have had two Covid jabs had just put the Hoops to the sword, but it was still a sweet moment for the 38-year-old. And his reaction to it suggested that it may just be his final goal celebration for the Ibrox club, unless he gets on the scoresheet against Livingston or Aberdeen in the final two games of the season. No announcement has been made on the veteran striker’s future, despite his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, and the dilemma the club and player has is plain to see. Would Rangers love to have a guy who is so reliable to come off the bench and chip in with 10 goals a season - allied to his massive off-field influence? Almost certainly. Sign up to our Record Rangers newsletter Get all the latest Rangers news sent straight to your Inbox every day by signing up to our newsletter. We cover every morsel of information regarding your favourite club in the form of articles, videos and podcasts. The newsletter will arrive every day at 12pm, giving you a round up of the best stories we've covered that in the last 24 hours. To sign up, simply enter your email address into the link here. And if you aren't already, make sure you join the conversation over on our Rangers Facebook group and Record Sport Instagram. But Defoe will be on a good contract, so could that cash be used to tempt a player who will play 40 games and score 25 goals? And from the player’s perspective, if he is as fit and sharp as he seems to be, will he be content to sit on a bench for what could well be the last season of his career? It’s a conundrum and former Rangers striker John MacDonald, who plundered 77 goals in an eight-year Ibrox career, can understand why. The 60-year-old has seen enough of Defoe’s contribution at close quarters, through his media work, to understand his value to Gerrard. “His goal ratio just speaks for itself,” said the ex-Ibrox attacker. “The guy is phenomenal. “Every time he gets the ball, you expect him to get a shot on target and it actually comes as a surprise when he misses. “He’s been brilliant and his goal against Celtic showed how important he can still be to Rangers if he is used sensibly. Defoe scores against Celtic (Image: REUTERS) “It was a terrific goal; the trickery and composure to beat the defender and the finish was everything you expect from a player who has been doing that for 20 years at the top level. “It meant the world to him. You could tell by his celebration. “The only thing is that we don’t know what Jermain is thinking about his future. He seems to love it at Ibrox, but if he is still fit enough to play, and he looks in great shape, will he be satisfied with another season of coming off the bench every now and then? “At his age, he might be thinking that he has to go somewhere that he’ll start more games.
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. “He is such a great role model for the younger players coming through and by all accounts he is brilliant with them. Having that kind of guy around is invaluable, so it will be a tough decision for Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson. Could he be given a player-coach role? That would seem like something worth thinking about.”
Jermain Defoe of Rangers celebrates scoring his teams fourth goal against Celtic
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MacDonald admits he has been blown away by Defoe’s refusal to just see out time in a star-studded career that saw him win 57 England caps but no league title under Rangers captured the Premiership this term. He said: “I’ve so much admiration for him. He came to Rangers late on in his career and has been a megastar in England, like the manager, but since he arrived he has been fully committed to getting the club to where it is now. “Some of the goals he’s scored, you can only stand up and applaud them. The goal that marked the 300th in his career against Livingston was sensational - a 60 yard ball dropping over his head and he side foots it into the net from the edge of the box? That was unbelievable.”
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And MacDonald acknowledges that Defoe’s situation is only one of a number with which Gerrard will have to wrestle in the summer. He said: “Stevie’s got a lot of decisions to make. “There had been a lot of talk about Alfredo Morelos leaving when this season was over but that seems to have been replaced by a feeling that he will stay. "That would be great news, and maybe the thought of playing in the Champions League will motivate Alfredo him and convince him that this is the place to be playing next season. “It would be great if Rangers could keep him but I’m aware that they might have to sell someone to have funds to bring other players in. “I’m confident that whoever comes in will add to the strength of the squad because until now the recruitment has been top class. Almost every player brought to the club has done well. Not many have let them down and Ross Wilson should get great credit for that.
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“I’m sure there will be new signings and this is the time to do it - when you’re successful. “There are exciting times ahead and I think they can do well in the Champions League because teams will want to come out and play them, rather than sit with 10 men behind the ball. That suits Rangers’ style of play - they enjoy that better than trying to break teams down.” Whether Defoe is around to do it remains to be seen, but if he is gone he won’t be forgotten.
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