Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers veteran Jermain Defoe is the “perfect player” behind the scenes to help get Rangers over the finish line this season.

That is according to his former England teammate Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley about the 38-year-old striker.

Defoe is facing strong competition to get in the Rangers side following the captures in the summer of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten.

 

With Alfredo Morelos still the main man at Ibrox, the former England international is having to be patient for his opportunities.

But the goalscoring legend who recently scored his 300th club goal came off the bench for the final 24 minutes of Rangers’ 4-0 demolition of Aberdeen on Sunday and Agbonlahor claims he still has a huge role to play this season.

He told Football InsiderSteven Gerrard, 100 per cent, brought him in because he
knows he can still score goals but also because of his personality.

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“He’s played with him for England, he’s played against him in the Premier League, he will know what sort of character he is, Jermain Defoe, he’s a model pro.

“Toys out of the pram? No. He knows that he’s going to bring that experience, that winning mentality into the Rangers dressing room and it’s been refreshing to see that, even though he’s not playing as much there, you know, he won’t complain.

“He will have so much respect for Gerrard, where he’ll understand he’s not gonna play much but when he gets a chance, if you take it, you might stay in the team.

“He’s a perfect player for Gerrard to have and I’m sure he’ll be there for a couple more years yet.”

Defoe has scored two goals in his five Rangers appearances this season, leading the line in the 8-0 demolition of Hamilton before the international break.

Since joining Rangers in January 2019, he has played 57 times, scoring 27 goals and supplying 10 assists.

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