Rangers’ star January signing Jermain Defoe has revealed that former striker Kenny Miller helped convince him to arrive at Ibrox when the two met on holiday in Dubai last summer.
Many have wondered how the deal to sign Defoe came about, with the obvious link the fact that Steven Gerrard played alongside the former Tottenham Hotspur man for the England national team.
It seems though that the seed was planted to make the switch to Glasgow earlier than you might think.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, Defoe said of Miller’s involvement:
It was back in June when we were both on holiday in Dubai. I spoke to Kenny and he just said it was an unbelievable club and that at some point they would be back to their best.
He asked me if I fancied it. Because at that time there was talk on social media about it. At this stage there hadn’t been any contact. But obviously it was in my mind.
I just bumped into Kenny. I went up and spoke to him and he brought it up. That was how it worked out.
When I got the call about Rangers, it wasn’t a hard decision. I fancied something different, to be honest. I fancied a different challenge.
Obviously the hard work to bring Defoe to Ibrox was done by recruitment officials at the club rather than Miller, but it’s interesting to hear that the idea of signing for Rangers has been swimming around the strikers mind for a number of months.
Miller left Rangers in less than stellar circumstances but has never hidden his love for playing for the Gers and it’s pleasing to hear he was willing to sell the club to top players such as Defoe.
Hopefully he can prove to be as reliable a veteran striker as Miller was.