Michael Beale hails Jermain Defoe as striker announces transition to coach

Rangers coach Michael Beale has waxed lyrical of striker Jermain Defoe after the English striker signed a new deal at the club.

The 38-year-old recently put pen to paper on a new one-year contract, keeping him at the Ibrox Stadium until the summer of 2022.

However, this is not a normal professional playing contract as the former England international has signed on to become a player-coach which will see him join Steven Gerrard’s backroom staff from this summer.

There was speculation mounting about the player’s future, but he appears to feel at home in Glasgow and has put a return to England on the back burner as he will now be playing two roles as the Gers look to retain their title and also compete for continental honours in the Champions League.

Discussing this recent development, Beale took to Twitter to wax the player’s lyrical.

He wrote, “A role model on and off the pitch. It’s great to see JD commit to another year at Rangers.

“I’m excited to see the natural progression from player to coach in the years to come.”

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Defoe’s energy at the club has been infectious and we’re delighted that he’s staying on at the Ibrox at least for another season.

There are some players that, even during their playing days, feel like they’re going to become good coaches and managers in the future, and Defoe is certainly one of those individuals.

A natural leader and absolute professional – he’s already become a popular figure inside the club’s dressing room.

In October, Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister heaped heavy praise on the player – labelling him ‘classy’ and ‘sublime’. [Rangers TV]

We certainly agree with McAllister and are delighted that Defoe has finally put an end to the speculation surrounding his future.

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