Alan Hutton has shared some insight into Jermain Defoe after the Rangers striker made a U-turn on becoming a coach when he retires.
The former Gers and Tottenham defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has revealed how his old teammate was “very moany” and set high demands for the rest of the squad.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Defoe admitted that he has had a change of heart over his future and would “love” to take up a coaching role when he hangs up his boots.
The veteran hitman explained that he had been left dismayed by the lack of opportunities for black coaches and managers and questioned whether it would be worth pursuing his coaching badges.
Hutton admits he could always see Defoe heading into a coaching role and insists he has plenty to offer the next generation.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think you could always see that in him, even in his younger years. He was very demanding of the people around him, he was very moany – let’s not kid ourselves, he could moan.
“He’s had a great career with some great experience and I think it would be a shame for him not to then go and pass that on to the next generation.
“I always thought he would go down that route so it doesn’t surprise me.”
Defoe has played 695 times at club level, including 25 times alongside Hutton during their time at Tottenham.
The 57-cap England international has scored 25 goals in 52 appearances for Rangers so far and will officially join as a permanent player at Ibrox this summer.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed the Gers are confident they can sign a Celtic-linked striker for £5million.