By Doug Ward

12th Jan, 2022 | 7:58pm

Dharmesh Sheth reveals message Jermain Defoe sent him after Rangers exit done

Jermain Defoe’s spell at Rangers came to an end on Wednesday and it wasn’t long before he was reaching out to Sky Sports News journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

Rangers’ official Twitter account confirmed the 39-year-old’s exit on 12 January with him playing just eight minutes’ worth of football this season for the Scottish champions.

Defoe played a role in the Gers’ title win last season and was made a player-coach by Steven Gerrard in the summer.

But his time has come to an end at Ibrox and he’s now shared a message with Sheth, which was relay live on Sky Sports News on Wednesday.

“I’ve just received a message [from Defoe], which I will listen to in just a moment because his three-year spell at Rangers has come to an end,” said Sheth on Sky Sports News’ Transfer Show on Wednesday evening [05:25pm].

“If you remember, he joined initially on loan from Bournemouth back in January 2019 and made that move a permanent one.

“He’s had some record as well, when you look back on it despite only making two Scottish Premiership appearances this season. He scored 32 goals in 74 games, he was part of the squad that won that elusive title, number 55, last season.”

Superb player

While Defoe joined us as an ageing player from Bournemouth, there was no doubt that his addition to the squad was a major coup.

The 39-year-old arrived at Ibrox with 163 Premier League goals to his name, as well as a further 20 goals for the England national team.

He’s been one of England’s most prolific goalscorers of the 21st century and he continued that form at Rangers before he started to get pushed out of the side.

This season, Defoe has more than likely took on a bigger role at the training ground due to the coaching tag on his job description.

However, he may have decided that wasn’t for him or it wasn’t working out with new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the striker’s appearances on TV in England were growing more and more common.

Defoe may see himself having a career in punditry, rather than coaching. But either way, we wish him all the best and we’ve really enjoyed watching him here in Scotland for the last three years.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have made a bid to sign a Premier League “livewire” who can light up the SPFL.