McAvennie tips Defoe to sign new Rangers deal after 'schooling' one Celtic player

Jermain Defoe will still be registered as a player even if he accepts a coaching role with Rangers. 

That’s according to former Celtic hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Defoe’s future.

Speaking to Sky Sports last week, Steven Gerrard confirmed Defoe, 38, is ‘in talks’ over a new Ibrox deal with his contract set to expire this summer.

However, as revealed by Football InsiderDefoe would have to take a major pay cut to reflect his new role at Ibrox.

The former Tottenham striker has seen less game time this season compared to his previous Rangers campaigns.

McAvennie insists Defoe is too good to hang up his boots and proved it with his recent Old Firm goal.

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“I think he’ll still be registered as a player,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“What he did to [Stephen] Welsh in the last Old Firm game, he’ll be doing that every day in training. He schooled him.

“I love him as a professional, I can’t speak highly enough of players like him. It rubs off on other players, his professionalism. 

“It’s a good idea if he wants to learn that coaching side of it. Defoe has been there a while now and I think [Alfredo] Morelos has become a better player because of it.

“It would not surprise me if he stayed on as a player for another year before calling it quits.”

Defoe has six Premiership goals to his name this season despite his limited game time.

Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten all sit ahead of Defoe in the Ibrox pecking order.

In other news, Rangers tipped to accept Premier League offer for senior ace with unfinished business in England.