Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that he could yet offer striker Jermain Defoe a coaching role at the club.
Defoe has been in blistering form for the Gers this season, smashing in 12 goals already across all competitions as the Glasgow giants look to knock Celtic off their perch at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
And the 37-year-old, who has played in the Premier League with the likes of Spurs, Portsmouth, and West Ham, is now being lined up by Gerrard in a bid to extend his career that little bit longer.
According to quotes from Gerrard taken from a report in the Daily Record, the former Liverpool skipper admitted it was ‘possible’ when quizzed on the chances of Defoe being offered a place on the Rangers coaching staff.
Elaborating further, Gerrard commented:
“Jermain will know certain situations in the game, certain things to look out for in that specific position –better than any coach in the world. He has a catalogue of knowledge that he can pass on.
“Whether that ends up being on our staff or elsewhere, I’d love to see him give something back to the game. But he still has so much to offer as a player.”
Defoe is currently with the Scottish giants on loan from Premier League outfit Bournemouth, where it is unlikely he is going to be given many more chances to impress given the options manager Eddie Howe has available to him.
The former England man’s goalscoring record is not to be sniffed at in the top level of English football, with Defoe scoring an impressive 162 Premier League goals over the course of his career. Indeed, having opened up on the relationship between he and fellow star striker Alfredo Morelos, it also appears as if the former Tottenham ace is helping off the pitch as it stands too, so a potential coaching role may not be the biggest leap.
Defoe is still one of the best finishers around given his impressive scoring rate of 1 goal every 39 minutes so far this season (per the BBC) and, with that in mind, Gerrard is right to be open to the idea of him staying with the club.
It might be a good start to his coaching career and he knows Gerrard well from their days together with the England team, with Defoe then potentially becoming the next of the Three Lions’ Golden Generation to join the coaching ranks, as well as continuing to help some of the stars at Ibrox off the pitch.
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