Jermain Defoe not retiring from playing just yet as veteran striker takes first step into coaching with new role under Steven Gerrard at Rangers

Jermain Defoe will take up a player-coach role at Rangers next season to transition into next stage of his career.

Many expected the 38-year-old to hang up his boots at the end of this season after finally getting his hands on a trophy as Rangers won the Scottish Premiership.

Defoe got his hands on some silverware last month

While the former England striker is starting to think about life after scoring goals, he’ll play for another season in a new role at Ibrox.

“It is well-documented how much I love the club and the relationship I have with the fans, the players and the staff at the club,” said Defoe.

“So to get the deal over the line, I am just delighted. It is something I wanted to happen, even before the season finished, especially the way we finished the season with winning the league.

“It was the perfect time to be at the football club and it was so special, so to sign another contract as a player-coach, and to still be a part of it, it is an amazing feeling for me and my family.

The former England and Tottenham striker has been a great success at Rangers

“It is something different and it is something new for me, and first of all, I want to thank the board, Ross Wilson and the manager and all the staff that have made this happen.

“It is an unbelievable opportunity for me and it just shows the appreciation I get from everyone at the football club which is the best feeling in the world more than anything else, and I can imagine once I get started, hopefully I will just flow into it and everything will happen quite naturally.”

Steven Gerrard’s decision to bring Defoe to Rangers has proved a successful one, with the striker getting 25 goals in 52 league appearances across the last three seasons.

The Rangers boss said: “I am absolutely delighted to be retaining the services of Jermain both as a player, and now also as a coach.

Gerrard has a great relationship with Defoe

“It is well-documented the relationship I have with him having known him for so many years, and I am thrilled that he is going to be passing on his amazing experience and professionalism to the attacking players throughout the club.

“He has shown this season, however, what an asset he can still be for us on the pitch, and I won’t be afraid to use him when necessary. I look forward to Jermain’s return and him beginning his new role when pre-season begins at the end of the month.”