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.
“Rangers are a huge club, but to be Bournemouth manager is a bigger job.”
“There’s two clubs in Scotland.” 🏴
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 3, 2020
“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”.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 6, 2020
“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.
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].