Jermain Defoe leaves Rangers after three years at Ibrox

The English striker has been hailed as "an outstanding influence" at the Govan club.

Jermain Defoe leaves Rangers after three years at Ibrox SNS Group via SNS Group
Defoe scored 32 goals in his time at Rangers.

Rangers have announced that striker Jermain Defoe has left Ibrox, with the club thanking him for his contribution during three years in Glasgow.

Defoe had signed a new one-year contract last June but leaves after finding first team opportunities restricted under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The 38-year-old moved to Ibrox in January 2019, initially on loan before signing a permanent contract with Steven Gerrard’s side.

The former England international went on to score 32 goals in 74 appearances, many after coming off the bench, and played his part as Rangers won the Premiership title last season.

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Defoe recently took up a coaching role as well as being a part of the first team playing squad but now moves on to other opportunities.

Rangers thanked the forward for his efforts, saying he “has been an outstanding influence off the park for teammates all over the pitch with his professionalism, and most notably his fellow strikers who have all learned so much from him.”

Ibrox sporting director Ross Wilson said: “Jermain has made a significant contribution to Rangers over the last number of seasons.

“Even in the ‘twilight years’ of his career, he has shown the expert movement and finishing ability that took him to the very top in his career. His contribution within the training centre was excellent, as he became a role model for his peers, showing professionalism on a daily basis.

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“I was particularly pleased that he leaves with a league championship winning medal. It has been a privilege to have an England international of his quality within our group and we wish him well for the future.”