Kenny makes Given claim as Rangers star saluted for thriving in new role
Rangers star Jermain Defoe was “born” to be a coach – and his keenness to help out younger players throughout his playing career proves it.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the newly-appointed player-coach.
Defoe, 38, told Rangers official website on 12th July that he had always “taken the younger forwards after training” throughout his later career.
Defoe began his transition into the coaching side of the game at Auchenhowie when Steven Gerrard handed him a new one-year contract in June.
Drawing on examples from his own career, Kenny saluted the former England striker’s professional attitude.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He comes across as that sort of person, a team player who was born to do stuff like this.
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“I was doing the same in my career. Whenever younger players came and trained with us I’d always try and help them as much as I could.
“I had Shay Given and Dean Kiely and Simon Tracey helping me out early in my career. As you do get older, you tend to do that I think.
“He comes across as a very good pro with so much to teach people. If you’re not going to learn from people like Defoe then you’ve got a problem.”
Defoe has been with Rangers since January 2019.
He has scored 32 goals and laid on 10 assists in 72 appearances for Gerrard’s side in that time.