Hutton shares intriguing insight on old pal Defoe after new Rangers deal agreed
Rangers have pulled off a coup tying Jermain Defoe down a new contract, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Ibrox defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 38-year-old’s new deal is a “win-win” for everyone.
Rangers confirmed last week (June 8th) Defoe had signed a one-year contract and moved into a player-coach role.
Defoe’s previous terms were set to expire this summer.
Hutton, who played with Defoe at Tottenham, suggested the striker would have been considering his options.
However, he insisted the veteran hitman would be thrilled to have the opportunity to continue playing while coaching.
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Asked if he thought keeping Defoe was a coup for Rangers, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, I think it is. Obviously, I know Jermain and he loves football.
“He loves that side of it, the coaching aspect. To get him to another year with a coaching role, it kind of ticks all the boxes for me.
“He knows he’s not going to play 38 games a season games or whatever it might be. He might play the odd game here or there. He’ll get his goals, he’s a poacher at the end of the day, there’s going to be opportunities made.
“He will score goals but he’s probably now looking towards what am I doing after football? Steven Gerrard’s gave him that first step into the coaching side of it. It’s a win-win for everybody.
“I think that’s what he was probably looking for. It’s a no-brainer for me, excellent news, you need the experience.”
Defoe scored seven times in 20 appearances for Rangers during the 2020/21 campaign.
He has netted a total of 32 goals in 72 games under his belt for the Light Blues.