Jermain Defoe and Rangers, a perfect match.
There has been almost universal praise this afternoon following the news that Defoe has signed fresh 12 month terms on a restructured deal that will see him officially embark on a joint player/coach role.
It is clear that the 38-year old still has plenty left to give and the requisite ability to continue to make a mark on the Scottish Premiership – as was evidenced most recently in the closing games against Celtic and Aberdeen with his textbook quality finishing.
JD has spoken on social media on his joy at extending his stay at Ibrox as well as his gratitude for everyone involved in making this stage of his career such a memorable one.
Since I joined Rangers in 2019, I never expected to fall in love the way I have done. This is not only a great club, but a British institution.
I want to thank the gaffer, our Chairman and Board for this opportunity. I cannot wait to get started for the clubs 150th year. pic.twitter.com/E7NteHHCfy
— Jermain Defoe OBE (@IAmJermainDefoe) June 8, 2021
The emotion, feeling, and fondness in those words is almost tangible:
“Since I joined Rangers in 2019, I never expected to fall in love the way I have done.”
“This is not only a great club, but a British institution.”
“I want to thank the gaffer, our Chairman and Board for this opportunity.”
“I cannot wait to get started for the clubs 150th year.”
In his tribute, the honesty, humility and hunger shines through.
Defoe will have had several other options to head back south but the willingness on both parties to get a deal done is testament to what is happening at Ibrox.
The player will be eager to feature as much as possible but that aim will be balanced with another obligation now that he is taking his first steps as a fledgling coach.
Given that Jermain Defoe has already been a first class role model to his peers as well as looking after the next generation around the training ground – sharing his wealth of experience and know-how along the way – the next chapter is likely to be an exciting and successful one for a great man and player.