Steven Gerrard will have offered Jermain Defoe the opportunity to join the backroom staff at Rangers.

That is according to the pair’s former England teammate Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Defoe, 38, potentially leaving Ibrox at the end of the season.

The striker could leave the Gers as a free agent this summer, with his contract set to expire at the end of May.


Football Insider revealed on 25 February that Defoe does not want to call time on his playing career but would have to take a pay-cut to continue it with Rangers.

He is therefore expected to part ways with Steven Gerrard’s side at the end of the season.

When asked for his assessment of Defoe’s future, Robinson told Football Insider:

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“I’m sure Steven Gerrard has given him the opportunity to go into coaching up there. I do not know what level of coaching badges he has got though.

“Jermain has had an unbelievable career and he is at the point now where he can decide his future himself. He has plenty of options to chose from, whether that be to coach or to play.” 

Defoe has slipped down the pecking order at Ibrox this year and is fourth-choice striker behind Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten.

However, he plays a key role behind the scenes and has helped raise the standards in training and mentor the young players.

In other news, McAvennie is in awe of the new thing he has spotted from Alfredo Morelos at Rangers.