Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has backed Jermain Defoe to help the team on the pitch as he confirmed that the striker will not be a part of the coaching staff. He was signed by former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard as a player coach on a one-year deal. New boss Van Bronckhorst has brought in his own coaching staff with Roy Makaay, former Ajax youth expert Dave Vos, Yori Bosschaart and Arno Phillps arriving at Ibrox. Defoe was brought on for only his second appearance of the season in the 3-1 win over Livingston. Rangers currently lead the Scottish Premiership with Celtic in second place.
“Jermain’s been really good. When I came here of course he was part of the coaching staff but also a player.” Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst said talking about Jermain Defoe. He’s also busy with his training badges, which is really good because we’ve already started thinking about team processes and tactical possibilities. But for now, Jermain is still a player and we’ll use him only as a player.”
“The quality that he has is sometimes needed in games,” he added. “Of course, Kemar Roofe has been out for the last two games. Jermain couldn’t play in Europe because he wasn’t eligible but I think he can still have an important role this season. We have to slowly bring him back to the fitness levels required to play games. Hopefully, we expect him to take part in training sometime this month.”
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