Rangers star Jermain Defoe has been recognised by the English Premier League as part of Black History Month as his contribution to English football is celebrated.

The legendary former West Ham, Pompey, Spurs, Sunderland and Bournemouth striker carved out an almighty reputation for himself south of the border before heading to Ibrox.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard played with Jermain Defoe during their England days. (Photo by Matt Lewis – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

An immense figure in British sport, Defoe is 9th in the Premier League’s all-time top scorer list with 162 strikes and scored 20 times for England in 57 appearances.

Now in a player/coaching role at Ibrox, even at 39 Defoe is still as hungry as ever to score goals and makes no secret about his love affair with Rangers.

But it’s down south the striker is most remembered in his career and as an iconic black footballer of huge experience it’s a credit to his success that he’s been recognised as a role model.

The special blog on the player’s achievements talks about some of the highlights of his career, including becoming one of only five players to score five goals in a Premier League match.

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In a match which sums up his striking prowess, Defoe would net the remarkable five goals in a 9-1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic with Spurs in 2009.

The blog also talks about Defoe’s emotional relationship with young Bradley Lowery during his time with Sunderland, who died in 2017, aged 6, after a battle with cancer.

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Jermain Defoe is a legend of the Premier League era. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

A gentleman who has been recognised for his contribution to sport and charity with an OBE in the past, Rangers fans are proud to have the striker as an ambassador of the club.

A popular player who has cherished every moment he’s spent at Ibrox, it’s been a pleasure to see Jermain lift the first league trophy of his long-established career whilst playing in Glasgow.

Rangers are proud to be a club which celebrates diversity and fans have recently been applauding the Ibrox side’s much-heralded Everyone, Anyone campaign.

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