Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has claimed that veteran striker Jermain Defoe will play an “important role” for the side this season despite a backroom staff reshuffle.
The Ibrox boss revealed to the press ahead of the Premiership clash with Hibs at Easter Road that he would not be utilising Jermain Defoe in a player/coach capacity in his backroom staff this season.
Instead, GVB and his newly formed backroom staff will use the veteran forward as a player in the squad with the striker enjoying a small cameo in the 3-1 win over Livingston.
That was Defoe’s first appearance since the defeat to Dundee United in August and appeared to signal a change in approach with the striker.
van Bronckhorst has since confirmed this to the media by intimating the club will look to take Jermain Defoe out of the backroom staff and use him as a player from here on in.
“He’s been really good,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“When I came here, of course he was part of the coaching staff but also a player.
“He’s also busy with his training badges, which is really good because we’ve already started thinking about team processes and tactical possibilities.
“But, for now, Jermain is still a player and we’ll use him only as a player. The quality he has is sometimes needed in games.
“Of course, Kemar (Roofe) has been out for the last two games. Jermain couldn’t play in Europe because he wasn’t eligible but I think he can still have an important role this season.”
Rangers in backroom reshuffle as Jermain Defoe returns to playing staff
The backroom reshuffle comes at a time when Rangers have invested in an impressive backroom staff to replace Steven Gerrard and the coaches he took to Aston Villa.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was appointed as manager with ex-Bayern striker Roy Makaay joining as first team coach, Arno Phillips as a fitness coach and Yori Bosschart as a video analyst.
The club has since announced the appointment of Ajax B manager Dave Vos as Gio’s assistant and the move has certainly turned heads.
Vos was spotted in the crowd at Livingston as he prepares to take up his role in the Rangers backroom and join up with the staff this week.