Jermain Defoe will take up a player-coach position at Rangers subsequent season to transition into subsequent stage of his profession.
Many anticipated the 38-year-old to hold up his boots on the finish of this season after lastly getting his fingers on a trophy as Rangers gained the Scottish Premiership.
Whereas the previous England striker is beginning to consider life after scoring objectives, he’ll play for one more season in a brand new position at Ibrox.
“It’s well-documented how a lot I really like the membership and the connection I’ve with the followers, the gamers and the employees on the membership,” stated Defoe.
“So to get the deal over the road, I’m simply delighted. It’s one thing I wished to occur, even earlier than the season completed, particularly the way in which we completed the season with successful the league.
“It was the right time to be on the soccer membership and it was so particular, so to signal one other contract as a player-coach, and to nonetheless be part of it, it’s an incredible feeling for me and my household.
“It’s one thing completely different and it’s one thing new for me, and to begin with, I wish to thank the board, Ross Wilson and the supervisor and all of the employees which have made this occur.
“It’s an unbelievable alternative for me and it simply reveals the appreciation I get from everybody on the soccer membership which is the perfect feeling on the earth greater than anything, and I can think about as soon as I get began, hopefully I’ll simply stream into it and the whole lot will occur fairly naturally.”
Steven Gerrard’s determination to deliver Defoe to Rangers has proved a profitable one, with the striker getting 25 objectives in 52 league appearances throughout the final three seasons.
The Rangers boss stated: “I’m completely delighted to be retaining the providers of Jermain each as a participant, and now additionally as a coach.
“It’s well-documented the connection I’ve with him having identified him for therefore a few years, and I’m thrilled that he’s going to be passing on his superb expertise and professionalism to the attacking gamers all through the membership.
“He has proven this season, nonetheless, what an asset he can nonetheless be for us on the pitch, and I gained’t be afraid to make use of him when essential. I sit up for Jermain’s return and him starting his new position when pre-season begins on the finish of the month.”