How Rangers players and ex-coaches reacted to Jermain Defoe's exit
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How Rangers players and ex-coaches reacted to Jermain Defoe's exit

Plenty of players and coaches have responded on social media after Jermain Defoe’s Rangers exit was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.

Defoe spent three years at Ibrox and contributed a lot both on and off the pitch.

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The veteran striker scored 32 goals in 74 appearances, with highlights including a thumping finish away at Aberdeen in February 2019, a goal of the season contender against Livingston in October 2020 and a brilliant goal in a 4-1 hammering of Celtic in May 2021.

He won the first league medal of his career last season and was a great ambassador for Rangers during his time in Glasgow.

The response to Jermain Defoe’s Rangers exit

As a result, fans, players and coaches alike were keen to wish the veteran striker well.

The announcement itself received almost 19k likes and over 700 comments, and Gers sporting director Ross Wilson labelled Defoe a role model.

The man who brought Defoe to Ibrox, Steven Gerrard, wrote on his Instagram story: “What a man, what a player, class. Good luck.”

Former Ibrox first-team coach, Michael Beale, tweeted his own message to the ex-England international.

Several Rangers players made dedicated social media posts, including skipper James Tavernier and fellow striker Kemar Roofe.

Tav referred to the 39-year-old as a ‘legend’.

A number of current and former Rangers players responded directly to Defoe’s own farewell message, in which he said he had been ‘blown away by the sheer magnitude’ of the club and said it would always ‘hold a special place’ in his heart.

Steven Davis and Billy Gilmour replied with supportive emojis including blue hearts, while Daniel Candeias, Sheyi Ojo and Dapo Mebude called him a ‘legend’ and Greg Docherty labelled him ‘the ultimate pro’.

Meanwhile, an English club have been credited with interest in a Rangers midfielder.