Ex-striker issues 'brilliant signing' claim after Defoe leaves Rangers
Noel Whelan has insisted Jermain Defoe’s exit will be a “big loss” for the Rangers dressing room.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 39-year-old was a “brilliant signing” for the Light Blues.
As confirmed on Wednesday (12 January), Defoe has left Rangers after three years in Glasgow.
The striker was set to be out of contract this summer.
Whelan admitted the rest of the squad would miss Defoe’s valuable experience and leadership.
However, he insisted it was right for both parties to part ways.
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Asked if Defoe would be missed in the Ibrox dressing room, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Absolutely.
“When you’re looking at his stats, the goals he’s scored in the games he’s played, he’s done exactly what it says on the tin. He puts the ball in the back of the net.
“He’s been a fantastic servant. Steven Gerrard pulling him in, seeing the talent and seeing what he could bring to the side.
“You see how important he’s been to bring the title back to Ibrox and progress Rangers to where they are today. His valuable experience and that character in the changing room will be a big loss.
“But I think it’s probably the right decision for both parties at this time and that they look a little bit further to the future. Defoe is very much at the back end of his career now.
“He’s been a brilliant signing for Rangers and he’s served his purpose.”
Defoe was handed a player-coach role when he signed his contract extension last summer.
However, he was removed from the coaching staff following Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s appointment.
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