By George Overhill

12th Jan, 2022 | 4:40pm

Alex Rae reacts to Jermain Defoe's departure from Rangers

BT Sport pundit Alex Rae has paid tribute to Jermain Defoe after the news broke that the striker has left Rangers earlier on Wednesday.

The ex-Ibrox midfielder wrote on his personal Twitter account to wish the striker the best on his next move.

He added that the Englishman was “Always welcome back at @RangersFC” before adding that he was a “#ClassAct”.

Fond memories

The former Dundee and St Mirren manager is unlikely to be alone in wishing Defoe well after his spell in Glasgow.

Joining from Bournemouth, initially on loan before signing a permanent deal, the 39-year-old played a prominent role in Rangers’ return to the top of Scottish football.

At an age where most of his counterparts had hung up their boots like his former England colleague Steven Gerrard, he kept producing on the pitch as he scored goals under the ex-Gers manager.

Even in the twilight of his career the former West Ham and Tottenham striker managed a creditable total of 32 goals in 74 appearances.

As a statement on the club website put it he will “always be fondly remembered as a very important part of the ’55’ team from last season”.

It was probably the loss of the link-up with now Aston Villa boss that spelled the end in Glasgow for Defoe, as he had been added to the coaching set up in the summer in a duel role.

But when the man who signed him was replaced by new boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who arrived with his own backroom staff, plans changed.

Defoe only made two appearances this season and it remains to be seen whether this will be the last stop in his memorable playing career.

In other Rangers news, an ex-English star has reportedly convinced this Gers player to move.