Rangers star confirms he's working through coaching badges as he plans next steps
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Rangers star Defoe taking coaching badges as he plans for the future

Speaking to Football Fancast, Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has confirmed that he is working through his coaching badges as he plans for the future.

The 37-year-old is currently on loan from Bournemouth but has signed a pre-contract which will see him remain at Ibrox until at least the end of next season. 

Defoe’s durability is remarkable and he’s not yet looking to call time on a professional career that has spanned over 20 years, but he is making sure he’s ready for a transition to coaching when the time comes.

“I’m doing my coaching badges at the moment because, at the back end of your career, you’ll always think about what you want to do next, whether it’s becoming a coach or a manager,” he told Football Fancast.

When asked if management was something he was specifically interested in, he said: “I don’t know yet. I’m just going to do my badges and then see what happens.”

“At the end of the day, if you love football and you’ve got an opportunity to stay in the game and give something back then why not?”

Defoe is loving life at Rangers but is also looking to the future through his coaching badges. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

Defoe’s goalscoring record this season shows he’s still got plenty left in the tank as a player.

Despite missing a significant period through injury, he’s the second top goalscorer in the Premiership with 13, averaging a goal every 77 minutes.

Even the fittest and most dedicated professionals reach a point when they are no longer able, though, and it’s interesting to see that the forward is being proactive with his badges.

Given he has close to 60 international caps and has turned out for eight clubs across his career, he certainly has lots of practical experience to draw upon.

The testimony of multiple Gers academy players suggests he’s ever willing to share his expertise on the training ground, too.

Perhaps if he goes on to finish his career at Ibrox, the club will look to bring him into the coaching fold, following in the footsteps of the likes of Peter Lovenkrands.

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