Rangers boss Steven Gerrard makes game-time admission about ‘frustrated’ Jermain Defoe
Steven Gerrard is certain that Jermain Defoe is frustrated with the lack of action he has seen for Rangers since the season began.
The veteran striker is the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer with nine goals that have helped fire his side to the top of the table above Celtic.
Defoe’s record is even more impressive when you consider he has only completed 90 minute once this term.
But Gerrard is wary of over-using the 37-year-old with the majority of a long campaign still ahead of him.
“If he stays in the form he’s in then, of course, I would want him around here for as long as possible,” Gerrard said.
“It’s definitely something that’s on all of our minds as a staff and as a club.
“Jermain’s in terrific form. I’m sure he’s frustrated with me in terms of his game time but I love that.
“He wants to play every minute. He’s just as hungry now as when I first bumped into him at 22 or 23.
“He’s first on the training pitch and the last off.
“That’s the reason why he can go on because he’s still got that drive to carry on.
“He’s a huge help. Having two forwards, with Jermain and Alfredo, in top form is fantastic for myself and Rangers.”
Gerrard also revealed that Defoe, who is on loan from Bournemouth, could be given a player/coach role at Ibrox next term.
When asked if the former England striker could be offered a joint role, Gerrard said: “Possibly. We are certainly open to that side of Jermain.
“I can help centre-forwards, that’s why I’m in the game.
“But Jermain will know certain situations in the game, certain things to look out for in that specific position –better than any coach in the world.
“He has a catalogue of knowledge that he can pass on.
“Whether that ends up being on our staff or elsewhere, I’d love to see him give something back to the game. But he still has so much to offer as a player.”