Wherever he’s been Jermain Defoe has scored goals, but as he enters the twilight years of his career the Rangers striker is delighted to be staying with Rangers and getting some coaching experience, according to former Gers defender Graham Roberts.
Defoe won only his second ever piece of silverware when Rangers stormed to the SPFL title, racking up over 100 points in the process under Steven Gerrard, with Defoe helping himself to four goals in just three starts throughout the season.
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With the former Tottenham Hotspur striker now 38-years-old, he has made the sensible decision to play on for one more year, while helping out Gerrard and his backroom staff to guide the Gers to another Scottish Premiership title.
After being offered a deal that allows him to start thinking about his career once he retires, Defoe was delighted to agree to another year at Ibrox in a slightly different role – that’s according to Roberts, who spoke exclusively to This is Futbol:
“When I spoke to him he was overjoyed and said that he wants to stay there but he just had to negotiate some things and then the week after, he signed his contract, so I’m absolutely delighted for him.
“Now he’ll be getting a bit of coaching with the youth team and the reserves, I’d presume, and he’ll be enjoying it and he fully deserves it.”
Defoe won’t be a starter or even a second striker for Rangers but his experience will be vital especially in European competitions and in big games against the likes of Celtic in the league.
It will be a great experience for Defoe to get a feel for how it is to manage a club with so much media attention and higher expectations than most teams even in the Premier League.