Jermain Defoe looks like he is staying at Rangers despite Gerrard taking his backroom team to Aston Villa with him.

The Rangers player, who is combining coaching and playing duties this season, posted a story on his Instagram page.

Tranmere Rovers v Glasgow Rangers - Pre-Season Friendly
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Jermain Defoe of Rangers looks on as he inspects the pitch prior to the Pre-Season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Rangers at Prenton Park on July 10, 2021, in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

The post showed he was sitting in a plane with the caption ‘Glasgow bound’ followed by red, white, and blue emojis.

Defoe had been in London covering the recent England tie against Albania in World Cup qualifying and with the majority of Gerrard’s backroom staff heading south, there was some ambiguity over whether Defoe would be staying or going.

His recent social media post gives an indication he is remaining at Ibrox, at least until further notice.

Defoe, who has been at Rangers since January 2019, has only played for the club once this term, with Gerrard having him involved in the coaching setup.

With the wealth of attacking options we now have the club, we might only see Defoe on the pitch if there is an injury crisis at the club.

The former England international has been a breath of fresh air at the Ibrox side and having joined initially on loan in January 2019, he made the move permanent in the summer of 2020.

Tranmere Rovers v Glasgow Rangers - Pre-Season Friendly
BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Jermain Defoe of Glasgow Rangers during the Pre-Season Friendly between Tranmere Rovers and Glasgow Rangers at Prenton Park on July 10, 2021 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Winning the league last season was the icing on the cake for the prolific forward. Taking his first steps into coaching with the club could work wonders, especially for the young strikers coming through the academy.

The signs are looking positive that Defoe is staying at Rangers as the rest of the backrrom staff move elsewhere, and it would be great to see him get a few more minutes for the team as the season progresses.

In other news, Ianis Hagi misses out on next year’s World Cup, despite Romania winning 2-0.

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