By Danny Mills

5th Dec, 2021 | 9:00am

Defoe tipped to play 'big role' at Rangers after confirmed news - Mills

Jermaine Defoe could play a “big role” at Rangers this season if he can prove his worth to Giovanni van Bronckhorst on the training pitch, according to Danny Mills.

The former Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 39-year-old’s past achievements will be “out the window” under the new Gers boss.

Defoe was employed in a player-coach role by former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

However, Van Bronckhorst confirmed on Monday (29 November) that the Englishman would be utilised only as a player this season.

Mills suggested the veteran hitman could still contribute in a “big” way for the manager.

When asked if Defoe could still have a part to play at Rangers this term, Mills told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley: “I think if he proves himself, he can have a big role.

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“He will have to do that on the training ground and show Van Bronckhorst that he is worth a place in that Rangers side.

“When new managers come in, they’re looking for the right characters and the right people – everyone gets a fresh start, and past form and reputation goes out the window a little bit.

“Clearly the manager will know what Defoe has done in the past. But if he’s not doing it on a day-to-day basis now, he won’t be in and around the team. It’s as simple as that.”

The striker’s contract expires at the end of this season.

Defoe has made just two Rangers appearances this season, playing a total of nine minutes.

Defoe has been at Rangers since 2019, scoring 32 goals in 74 appearances.

The former Tottenham and Portsmouth striker has netted over 300 career goals.

In other news, Rangers are opening new contract talks with teenager amid interest from Premier League giants.