By Alan Hutton

20th Jun, 2021 | 8:00pm

Rangers academy handed 'biggest' boost amid contract reveal - Hutton

Alan Hutton has tipped Jermain Defoe to play a major role in the development of youth talent as a coach at Rangers. 

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 38-year-old would already have an excellent working relationship with younger players at Ibrox. 

As confirmed last week (June 9th), Defoe has agreed a new one-year deal as a player-coach at Ibrox. 

The veteran striker was set to be out of contract this summer but Steven Gerrard moved to offer him a new role in Glasgow.

Hutton suggested Defoe would play a key role in the development of younger players, especially promising strikers.

As such, he insisted keeping the hitman around would be a major boost for the academy.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You think of a young player or a young striker coming through with Jermain Defoe.

He’s done it at all levels for such a long period of time. Imagine learning off him daily in training.

“I think that’s probably one of the biggest things about this whole situation. Him being able to pass down his knowledge to the strikers who are coming through at Rangers.

“He has always been a popular guy. No matter where he has been or what he has done. Jermain’s got a great attitude towards the game, he’s very approachable.

“These are all things that I think you need when you’re talking about coaching. I can guarantee he’s got relationships with all the younger players, all the boys that come through from the youth team.

“He’s not got a big ego, he’s willing to help these sort of people move forward in their own career. These are the guys you need within your team and coaching team. I think he’ll thrive in that environment.”

In other news, Rangers will be sweating over “nightmare” injury blow, claims Hutton.