Defoe tipped to sign long-term Rangers deal after pay-cut reveal - Campbell

Jermain Defoe could be in line to join Steven Gerrard’s backroom staff at Rangers.

That is the view of former former Arsenal and Everton forward Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 38-year-old’s recent comments on his future.

Defoe is into the final fortnight of his contract at Ibrox and would need to take a major pay cut on his current £30,000-a-week agreement to stay.

Speaking to Sky Sports during the Gers’ title celebrations last weekend, Defoe said he wants to stay with the Glasgow giants “forever” as he “loves” being at the club.

The former England international has scored 32 goals in 72 appearances for Rangers since joining from Bournemouth in January 2019.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his thoughts on Defoe’s comments, Campbell said: “It sounds like he’s hinting at staying at Rangers long-term, for a number of years.

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“It sounds like he plans to go on the other side. I could see him coaching there.

“I am sure Gerrard would love Defoe to stay there and teach others and the youngsters the art of being a striker because there have not been many better.

“He is a natural finisher. He has been amazing in England and up in Scotland.

“Why not go into coaching at Rangers? He is loved up there. It would make a lot of sense. I can see him on the other side.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, Defoe said: “I want to stay here forever.

“I love it here. Everyone knows it’s special.”

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