Speaking on Talksport, Jermain Defoe has delivered major praise for Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard.

The forward has known Gerrard for years, with the pair linking up many times in an England shirt.

Gerrard and Defoe in England action.  (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

So when the ex-Liverpool skipper asked Defoe to work for him at Rangers, he jumped at the opportunity.

Now over a year after he made the move to Glasgow, it’s clear he’s enjoying working under the inexperienced but passionate boss.

“I have to give a shout out to my current manager right now, Mr Gerrard, because he’s gonna be a top, top, top manager,” said Defoe on Talksport. “He’s a natural. And in terms of management, he’s still fresh and he’s still new but you can just see that, naturally, he’s got everything.”

“He always says to the players, if you want to come and talk to me about everything my door is open. He’s approachable, which is really important for a manager. Sometimes there’s stuff you want to talk about, you might have personal problems, but you feel uncomfortable going to the manager.

“But with Stevie you can go and talk to him about anything, he’s chilled. He reminds me a bit of Harry (Redknapp) and the Sam Allardyces when you can just approach them and speak to them about anything. It’s important.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Ibrox Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Steven Gerrard is still finding his feet as a manager, but expectations are high at Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Defoe was hardly going to use this platform to badmouth the person responsible for picking the Rangers team for the foreseeable future.

However, by the same token, there was no need to wax lyrical about Gerrard when asked about his favourite managers.

After over two decades in the professional game, the 37-year-old has worked for a plethora of bosses across seven different clubs, so for him to speak at length about Gerrard is a significant compliment.

The Gers boss has faced plenty of criticism since the turn of the year, with his side capitulating in domestic competition.

Yet, given that he and his backroom staff are all under contract until 2024, even though this season looks like ending without a trophy, he’s likely to be afforded more time to try to bring silverware back to Ibrox.

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