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Rangers news: Jermain Defoe to sign – but Sky Sports man reveals ‘concern’ about deal


Jermain Defoe is set to leave Bournemouth for Rangers, but one man has a concern over the deal (Pic: GETTY)

That is the verdict of ex-Liverpool defender Phil Babb.

Bournemouth striker Defoe is expected to complete an 18-month long loan to Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in the coming days.


The England international has struggled for game time this season, making just four substitute appearances in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe has also added Dominic Solanke to his attacking ranks, paving the way for Defoe to leave the club.

“He will be a great asset for Rangers”

Phil Babb

And former Republic of Ireland international Babb thinks Defoe can be a hit at Ibrox, though he admits he has concerns over how well Defoe will adapt to the SPFL.

“He’s a quality striker isn’t he,” Babb said on Sky Sports.

“What is he, ranked seventh in the Premier League all-time goalscorers? He knows Steven [Gerrard] very well.

“Obviously the game is not as cultured up there and I mean that with the greatest respect.

“It worries me that he might get lumps kicked out of him.


“But he’s a great character and he will be a great asset for Rangers because he will score goals up there.”

Defoe’s former England team-mate Darius Vassell also believes Defoe has what it takes to succeed in the Scottish capital.

Vassell admits Defoe’s lack of height could be seen as an issue, but the ex-Man City forward insists overcoming his obstacles is what makes Defoe the great striker he is.

“Similar to what Phil said, it’s going to be a difficult proposition for Jermain,” Vassell said.

“But I think he has had that problem all through his career anyway. Being the size that he is, he’s not the biggest player.

“People try and use different techniques to keep him out of the game.

“He knows what he’s doing, it’s one of the reasons why he has been so prolific at scoring goals, because he’s worked that one out.

“So that move could be really good for Jermain right now.”


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