Rangers TV pundit predicts new role for Defoe after Ibrox development
Alan Hutton has tipped Jermain Defoe to remain as part of Giovanni van Bronckhurst’s coaching staff at Rangers.
The former Gers defender and Rangers TV pundit, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the new Ibrox boss would lean on the 39-year-old’s experience following Steven Gerrard’s departure.
Van Bronckhorst was announced as Rangers’ new manager on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement issued on Monday, Rangers confirmed David McCallum, Brian Gilmour, Colin Stewart and Defoe had been leading first-team training at Auchenhowie.
Hutton admitted the former England striker had been “flung in at the deep end” following Gerrard’s departure.
However, he suggested he could play a key role during the transition between managers.
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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He was absolutely flung in at the deep end.
“But he’s got a wealth of experience in football. Coaching is the path that he wants to take. He wasn’t ever going to get the manager’s job.
“For Van Bronckhorst, Defoe has that experience there already. He’s been at the club and knows what it’s all about. He knows what the previous schedules have been, knows what’s been going on day to day.
“I think that’s something the manager would be happy to lean on and use until Van Bronckhorst gets settled.
“I think Defoe’s in a good position to join the coaching staff and help out the new manager.”
Defoe was handed a player-coach role when he signed a one-year extension back in June.
However, he has made just one substitute appearance so far this season.
Gerrard took backroom members Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milson and Scott Mason to Aston Villa.