Ally McCoist claims Harry Kane needs to take a leaf out of Jermain Defoe’s Rangers book and experience the intense pressure of a win-at-all costs mentality.
At 27, Tottenham Hotspur striker and England captain Kane is entering the prime years of his career but has yet to pick up a major trophy and that has led to speculation about his future at the North London club.
Appearing on talkSPORT Breakfast [06:00, 29/03/21] Gers legend McCoist responded to an interview by Defoe played out on air and highlighted how an Ibrox move has changed his outlook.
“It was brilliant listening to Jermain there, I get totally what he’s saying there,” he said.
“He’s now going up to Rangers where there’s a demand to win things that’s greater than anywhere else.
“There’s an expectation level – you’re not wanting to reach finals, you’re not hoping to reach finals or win the league, the difference is you’ve got to.
“It’s a massive, massive incentive and I’d like someone like Harry Kane to feel that kind of pressure, it’s a different kind of pressure.”
Value of silverware
You just can’t put a price on picking up trophies.
It is the goal most footballers strive to and it can often determine how your playing career is viewed – those without are often regarded as unambitious and lazy.
Before he pitched up at Ibrox Defoe had won just one major trophy in his storied playing career – a League Cup success with Spurs in 2008.
He was yearning for a major title and he had to go north of the border to find that at Rangers at the tender age of 38.
This is how Steven Gerrard is likely to sell the club to prospective transfer targets.
Players can pick up hefty wages at mid-table clubs that win just a couple of times a month.
Or they can join a club like Rangers who will always have a chance of picking up the domestic title and taking a shot at Europe.
The likes of £200,000-a-week [spotrac] Kane are out of reach but the expectation levels and chance of picking up silverware are huge incentives to most players and that’s why Gers are such an attractive proposition to many.
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