Rangers have leapt to the defence of veteran striker Jermain Defoe after fans criticised the forward’s appearance on Sky Sports’ Premier League coverage of Man Utd v Liverpool.
The 39-year-old forward has found himself out of the Ibrox side in recent weeks for reasons unknown and the situation took a new twist when he appeared on the broadcaster’s Super Sunday coverage.
🗣️ "These two jokers over here.." 😂
It is already tense as @GNev2 and Graeme Souness debate what is wrong with Manchester United
📺 Watch Super Sunday on Sky Sports nowpic.twitter.com/znekQGLDOC
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) October 24, 2021
This included analysing the match between West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur – two of Defoe’s former clubs – and Manchester United and Liverpool.
The biggest gripe supporters had concerned the fact Rangers were playing St Mirren whilst the striker was preparing for the broadcast.
Defoe – who is in a player/coaching role at Ibrox – hasn’t been seen since the 1-0 defeat to Dundee United in August and the moment perhaps caught supporters by surprise.
But Rangers have silenced any detractors and – without giving any detail – made it clear the legendary former England striker was at Old Trafford for Man Utd v Liverpool with the Ibrox club’s blessing.
🙌 Great to see one of our coaches on punditry duty today.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 24, 2021
“Great to see one of our coaches on punditry duty today,” reads the Rangers tweet.
“Looking forward to having JD back at our training centre to continue his development as a coach whilst playing a key role within our squad.”
This came after the player himself had taken to Twitter to congratulate his teammates for a hard-fought victory over St Mirren with Alfredo Morelos also nabbing his 100th goal for the side.
Great result lads. Hard fought win. Buzzing to see 🦬 score his 100th goal for @RangersFC 👍🏾🇬🇧
— Jermain Defoe OBE (@IAmJermainDefoe) October 24, 2021
Rangers are generally tight-lipped on what goes on inside Ibrox these days and the club are clearly sending a message here that Defoe’s presence down south was OK’d by the club.
Whilst we don’t want to speculate too much on the player’s recent absences, a recent court case could give a small insight into why we’ve not seen Jermain on the field recently.
During a speeding trial, it was explained Jermain couldn’t attend due to an ongoing situation which is affecting the whole of not just football, but the world.