By Daniel Feliciano

15th Jan, 2022 | 11:00am

Jermain Defoe reveals reason for leaving Rangers in January

Jermain Defoe has revealed a lack of game time was the reason behind his departure from Rangers this month, speaking to Sky Sports News.

The 39-year-old striker left the club this week with immediate effect after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract early.

The former West Ham, Spurs, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Toronto striker made an appearance on The Transfer Show live on Sky Sports News on Friday night [Jan 14] and revealed that a lack of minutes and an honest conversation with the club made the decision for him.

“I’ve still got that mentality to try get myself into the squad and hopefully get a few games under my belt because I just felt like the season before in terms of stats every game I started I scored,” he said.

“When you’re there, when you’re involved in it, and the season we had before winning the league and that sort of feeling, you can imagine the next season you still want to be a part of it because you’ve still got that buzz.

“The fans are back in the stadium and as you know Ibrox is an unbelievable place to play football. It was really difficult for me, even at the age of 39 I was still wanting to be involved.

“Towards the end it was affecting me, I was bringing it home, I was a little bit down and stuff like that.

“And I just had an honest conversation with the club to be honest, honest conversation and it was going to be difficult where I was going to get my games with the new signings coming in doing well and the club doing well. And that was it really.”

Understandable

While Defoe’s quality is still there for all to see, he is 39-years-old and isn’t the player he once was anymore.

Therefore it’s no surprise that he found himself down the pecking order this season, especially with the good form of Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala ahead of him.

You can hear in the interview on Sky that Defoe clearly still has a hunger and passion to continue playing and with Rangers not relying on him from a coaching or playing point of view, it makes total sense to let him go.

He is in the twilight of his career and if he feels he can give six months or more to another team on the pitch, then he should be afforded that opportunity to do so.

It’s an amicable and friendly parting of ways and Rangers fans will always remember Defoe as a member of the squad who won that much-craved 55th league title last year.

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