Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has branded Jamie O’Hara’s claims that Bournemouth is a bigger job than Rangers as “laughable”.

TalkSPORT pundit and ex-Premier League midfielder O’Hara caused a storm this week when he suggested that the job at the Vitality is bigger than the one at Ibrox.

“I wouldn’t want to disrespect the Rangers people because they are a huge football club,” said O’Hara [talkSPORT].

“But it’s a bigger job to potentially be the Bournemouth manager.

“Rangers are a huge, huge football club but for me there’s only two clubs in Scotland.

“With Bournemouth, they’ve just dropped out of the Premier League, to get them back into the Premier League, they are a higher profile football team.

“I would take the Bournemouth job, it’s a bigger job.”

But Rangers striker Defoe – who joined the Gers from the Cherries more than 18 months ago – is under no illusions which club is the bigger of the two.

The Ibrox striker has taken to life at Ibrox and insists that between the two, “there is no comparison”.

“To be totally honest, when I saw it I laughed. I just couldn’t believe it,” said Defoe [Rangers].

“I was thinking Jamie, why say that?

“I hope after he probably realised what he said.

“I played for Bournemouth but let’s be honest everyone will say there is no comparison. What he said was laughable.”

O’Hara has kicked up a stink across the UK with the former Spurs midfielder’s attention-seeking comments sparking a debate about English football fan arrogance over Scottish football.

Veteran striker Jermain Defoe can honestly compare the two clubs given he has played for Bournemouth and Rangers. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Ally McCoist laughed the comments off and claimed that only the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are bigger than Rangers down south [talkSPORT].

The likes of English footballing stalwarts Harry Redknapp and Neil Warnock also refuted the comments, with the latter suggesting both Rangers and Celtic would be top six down south.

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