By Gabriel Agbonlahor

1st Dec, 2021 | 8:00am

Agbonlahor: Defoe tipped for 'big' Rangers role after confirmed Ibrox news

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Jermain Defoe still has a “big role” to play for Rangers on the pitch.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker delivered his verdict after Giovanni van Bronckhrost confirmed Defoe was no longer part of the Ibrox coaching staff.

The veteran striker transitioned into a player-coach role at the end of last season under Steven Gerrard.

However, Van Bronckhorst revealed yesterday (29 November) that he is now only a player.

Defoe was handed a rare appearance in the 3-1 win over Livingston last weekend (28 November) when he was introduced from the bench in the closing stages.

It brings his total number of minutes for the season to eight across all competitions.

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“Every manager has their own views,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Just because he was part of the previous regime that does not mean the new manager has to keep him on. He will have his own coaching staff that he wants. He’ll understand that, definitely.

“He’s still a player and I’m sure he will have enjoyed coming on at the weekend and playing football.

“He’s still got a big role to play. It’s a long season, there’s going to be injuries and suspensions so you’re going to need him.

“He has still got an eye for goal. I’m sure he’ll be concentrating on that.”

Defoe has scored 32 times and provided 10 assists in 74 games across all competitions for Rangers.

The former England international, 39, is out of contract at Ibrox at the end of the current campaign.

In other news, Rangers have landed a confirmed £3.5m windfall and there’s ‘more to come’ at Ibrox.