Rangers have pulled off 'magic' coup after Defoe reveal - Whelan
Noel Whelan has backed Jermain Defoe to continue delivering the “X-factor” for Rangers after signing a new contract.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Gers had pulled off a coup convincing the 38-year-old to pen new terms at Ibrox.
Rangers confirmed on Tuesday (June 8th) Defoe had agreed a one-year deal that will see him move into a player/coach role.
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Whelan insisted the former England man’s experience could prove crucial again next term.
Asked if he thought tying Defoe down was a coup for Rangers, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. I think Jermain Defoe offers a lot more than just playing at the minute.
“I knew Steven Gerrard knew that. He wasn’t going to give you a full season, it’s what he brings to the party in terms of experience on that coaching staff, working with the strikers, that movement.
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“Also, that option in a game where you might need that little bit of Defoe magic, he’s there to give you 25 minutes of it. I guarantee it only takes him one opportunity and it’s in the back of the net.
“He gives you the X-factor but you know you’re not going to get 90 minutes. You know you’re not going to get a full season but he brings more to it. He’s a voice as well in the changing room which helps Steven Gerrard.
“He’s a mature player, an experienced player and you need those in your ranks. A lot of players and younger players, which I’m sure he’s working with as well in a coaching capacity, will look up to him for what he’s done in the game.”
Defoe scored seven goals in 20 appearances, five of which came as starts, for Rangers last season.
He has scored a total of 32 times in 72 games for the Light Blues.