Official: popular former Rangers star set to return to Ibrox after leaving club this year
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Popular ex-Rangers star set to return to Ibrox as part of Spurs friendly

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe is set to return to Ibrox as part of the club’s friendly with Tottenham Hotspur and the Walter Tull Memorial Cup.

The 39-year-old played for both clubs and will present the winner of the friendly clash at Ibrox with the trophy at the final whistle.

One of Britain’s most prominent black footballers, and someone who has a special place in the hearts of supporters at both clubs, there’s no-one better than Jermain Defoe to present the award.

The Walter Tull Memorial Cup celebrates the life of Walter Tull, Britain’s first black footballer who has ties to both Rangers and Spurs.

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But whilst the moment will represent an opportunity for Rangers, Tottenham and the wider British footballing community to celebrate the impact and influence of black footballers on our game, as well as the life of trailblazer Walter Tull, it will be the first time Jermain Defoe has been back at Rangers in an official capacity since leaving the club.

Ex-Spurs striker Jermain Defoe returns to Rangers

Initially joining on loan from AFC Bournemouth in January of 2019, Defoe went on to play close to three years for the Ibrox club and showed his striking prowess in the process.

Playing a total of 74 times for Rangers and scoring 32 goals, Jermain averaged a strike every 99 minutes in Light Blue and was a big part of the squad who delivered 55 for the club.

This was also a huge personal moment for Jermain Defoe, who earned the first league title medal of his career with the Gers.

Released in January 2022 after a short stint in the club’s backroom staff, Jermain Defoe would spend a short spell with Sunderland before eventually retiring earlier in the year.

But whilst Rangers have a special connection with Jermain, the striker is most synonymous with Tottenham Hotspur for whom he played 362 times and scored 143 goals.

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Rangers fans are already looking forward to the high-profile friendly with Tottenham Hotspur and after beating another of Jermain’s clubs in West Ham they will be eager to see how the club do.

But the return of Jermain Defoe, alongside the Walter Tull Memorial Cup, will also serve as a welcome side story as the legendary English international officially returns for the first time since his exit.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans might be praising a new signing duo but their appearance at the club can free-up a £7m asset to flourish next season.

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