By Doug Ward

26th May, 2021 | 4:10pm

Graham Roberts shares what Jermain Defoe told him about Rangers

Graham Roberts is adamant that Jermain Defoe will still be a Rangers player next season after spotting him at Tottenham’s stadium last week.

Speaking to the Record Rangers podcast, ex-Gers defender Roberts claims he spoke to Defoe while they both watched Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa last Wednesday.

Defoe’s contract at Ibrox is currently set to expire at the end of this month but after speaking to him, Roberts is sure that the veteran striker will still be in Govan for next season.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Roberts said: “I saw Jermain Defoe when Tottenham played Aston Villa last Wednesday. He was there and I asked if he was enjoying it and he said he loved it.

“And, having spoken to Jermain the other night, my feeling is that he will be there next season. Definitely.

“In fact, 100 per cent he’ll be there next season! He said he absolutely loves it, he loves Steven Gerrard and I think Steven Gerrard loves him because you know you’ve got a player that won’t cause you a problem and he’s going to come off the bench and get you goals.”

Player or coach?

Defoe is 38-years-old now and will celebrate his 39th birthday shortly into the 2021/22 campaign.

However, he showed this season that he still knows how to stick a football in the back of a net with seven goals in 20 appearances across all competitions for the Light Blues.

Defoe even ended the season in style with goals against Celtic and Aberdeen to help the Gers finish their 55th title triumph without a defeat in the league.

However, the ex-Tottenham and England striker only started three league matches all season and was completely left out of Steven Gerrard’s squad for the Europa League group stages and knock-out rounds.

Rangers have also completed the signing of Zambia striker Fashion Sakala on a free transfer ahead of the summer transfer window opening, which adds yet another forward to the squad.

Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten, Defoe and Sakala can all play up front and Gerrard usually plays just one striker.

It’s just too much and if you look at that list, the ones you would be willing to sacrifice are perhaps Itten and Defoe.

If Defoe stays, it could be as a coach but if he stays as a player, we’ll admire that because he’ll know he won’t be playing much.

In other Rangers news, this long-serving player has confirmed he’s leaving Ibrox next week.