A Scottish legal team have confirmed that Rangers star Jermain Defoe is a major doubt for the weekend’s clash with Hearts due to Covid-19 self-isolation.
Defoe, 39, was set to be tried in court for speeding offences but the ex-England international’s legal representatives confirmed the striker couldn’t attend due to Covid-19 rules.
The Bearsden-based striker was set to face a single speeding charge relating to an incident in Lanarkshire last December.
Procurator fiscal depute Jennifer Gilmour told the court the reason behind Defoe’s non-attendance when asked by Justice of the Peace Colin Machment.
When asked Gilmour simply said “Covid isolation” [The National].
Jermain Defoe bit-part player for Rangers as legal team confirm isolation
Defoe has barely been involved on the pitch for the Gers this season after signing a new deal in the summer to become a player/coach at Ibrox.
The striker has made only one appearance for the side, coming on as a late sub in the Scottish Premiership defeat to Dundee United.
Whilst it would’ve been unlikely the striker played against Hearts this weekend anyway, the news obviously makes Defoe a doubt for the clash with Robbie Neilson’s side.
A fan favourite who has relished his time at Ibrox, Defoe joined the Gers initially on loan from Bournemouth in January 2019 and has gone on to score 32 times for Rangers in 78 games.
Upon signing a new deal at Rangers, Defoe expressed his delight at agreeing a role at this “British institution” as he talked up life at Ibrox.
Since I joined Rangers in 2019, I never expected to fall in love the way I have done. This is not only a great club, but a British institution.
I want to thank the gaffer, our Chairman and Board for this opportunity. I cannot wait to get started for the clubs 150th year. pic.twitter.com/E7NteHHCfy
— Jermain Defoe OBE (@IAmJermainDefoe) June 8, 2021
Fans might not have seen as much as they would’ve liked of Jermain this season but everyone will be wishing the striker comes through the isolation unscathed.
The Rangers support are big fans of the ex-England striker and were delighted upon the signing of his new deal at Ibrox.