By Danny Mills

15th Jun, 2021 | 3:00pm

Mills: Rangers have found their own 'James Milner' after confirmed news

Danny Mills has backed Jermain Defoe to be a successful coach at Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Manchester City and England defender claimed Defoe can help bridge the gap between the youth team and first team for young strikers.

Rangers confirmed last week (8 June) that the 38-year-old had penned a one-year deal that will see him have a player-coach role at Ibrox.

Football Insider first learned in February that the ex-England international would only stay at Ibrox if he transitioned into a coaching role.

“As long as the deal’s right financially I think it’s good to keep him around,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He’s obviously a very, very good professional and sets a very good example of high standards.

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“He’ll also be very handy to have off the bench from time to time when they need a goal.

“The younger players can learn from him a lot in training. It’s that bridge in training for younger players. 

“It’s like what James Milner has done at Liverpool. Rangers have now found their own [Milner]. He might have played more than Defoe has, but he’s also offered something off the field other than just playing.

“If the deal is right, it’s not about him playing but about what else he brings to the football club.

“It’s better and more financially prudent to keep him around than bringing somebody else in to do that job.”

Defoe scored seven times and provided two assists in 20 appearances, including five starts, in the recently completed campaign.

He scored the 300th club goal of his illustrious domestic career during the season.

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