Rangers striker Jermain Defoe was back in the Sky Sports studio for the match between Newcastle Utd and Manchester City at the weekend. He featured alongside former Tottenham teammate Jamie Redknapp and Jamie Carragher as City ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

Pep Guardiola’s men strolled to yet another three points as they aim to retain their Premier League title. There was some controversy during the match as City goalkeeper Ederson clearly took out Newcastle player Ryan Fraser in the penalty box, yet referee Martin Atkinson waved play on and didn’t consult VAR.

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Rangers striker Jermain Defoe was in the Sky Sports studio at the weekend for broadcasting duties alongside Jamie Redknapp.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This prompted reactions from both Defoe and Redknapp in the studio regarding the decision, with the Rangers player agreeing with his ex-teammate about the decision not to award the penalty as a mistake.

“When you watch it back, the goalkeeper has come out and obviously realised he isn’t getting anywhere near the ball,” said Defoe {Sky Sports live coverage Newcastle Utd vs Manchester City 19/12/21].

“I think he just tries to stop it, it’s a penalty.

“If that’s outside the box it’s a free-kick so of course it’s a penalty,” Defoe explained.

This isn’t the first time Defoe has been in the Sky Sports studio for a match this season. He appeared for broadcasting duties in October as fans were left confused as to why he was in London as the side was preparing to take on Motherwell.

The striker has only featured twice so far this season, both substitute appearances, and his time at the club may well come to an end when his contract expires next summer.

Steven Gerrard had given the player an opportunity to coach alongside his playing commitments, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst wanted Defoe to concentrate on being part of the Rangers squad after he brought his own backroom team to the club.

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Rangers player Jermain Defoe is well-liked at the club and he was in the Sky Sports studio over the weekend to analyse the match between Newcastle Utd and Manchester City.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Englishman remains a popular figure at the Ibrox side, and it would be good to see him remain at Rangers once his playing career is over.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans were treated to a club legend rocking out to heavy metal band Metallica during halftime of the Premier Sports Cup Final.

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