Defoe mentions Jimmy Bell in brilliant Rangers address on Sky Sports
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Defoe mentions Jimmy Bell in brilliant Rangers address on Sky Sports

Former Rangers player Jermain Defoe mentioned Jimmy Bell in a brilliant farewell message to the club on Sky Sports on Friday night.

Defoe, who had started appearing semi-regularly as a pundit on coverage of the Premier League and the FA Cup prior to his Ibrox exit, officially left the club on Wednesday afternoon.

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Since then, praise has flooded in from all angles and you can see how the likes of James Tavernier, Steven Gerrard and Kemar Roofe responded, HERE.

For now, uncertainty surrounds Defoe’s future.

Will he sign elsewhere as a player? Will he go for a coaching-only role? Or will his media work take priority for now?

Sky Sports wasted no time taking advantage of his availability by bringing him to appear on ‘The Transfer Show’ on Friday evening.

Defoe raves about Rangers on Sky Sports

As he didn’t get the opportunity to say farewell to Rangers fans at Ibrox, he used the platform to send a brilliant message to all connected with the club, with legendary kit man Bell one of those to get a mention.

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“I had an unbelievable time there,” said the 39-year-old [Sky Sports]. “Obviously, I want to thank everyone at the football club, the staff, my teammates, the fans, the ladies in the canteen, the chefs – who I got on well with – Katy and Hannah, the girls who do the admin, for all the work they do behind the scenes. You have to appreciate all these people.”

“There was a lady there called Jean, who was at the football club for 30 years…we just bonded to be honest and she still keeps in contact with me even though she’s left the football club. All these people. Jimmy Bell, 30 years at the club and a funny character.

“There’s so many great characters at that football club and people I’m going to miss, but I’ve said in the group chat that I’d love to keep in contact with everyone at the club.”

This was extremely classy from Defoe, particularly given that he made it clear earlier in the interview that he wanted to keep playing for the Gers, but there was no longer a substantial role for him to play.

It’s excellent publicity to have such a high-profile, respected figure speaking so positively about the club and Rangers will be delighted with all that he offered during his three-year stint at Ibrox.

He may not have ever been a regular in the starting XI, but he averaged a goal every 100 minutes in the famous shirt and he will go down as one of the most popular signings of the Gerrard era.

Meanwhile, David McCallum has named four Academy players who have been training with the first team.