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.

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.

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“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.

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.

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