Football

Jermain Defoe Explains Why He Chose Rangers Over Staying in the Prem with Crystal Palace

Jermain Defoe Explains Why He Chose Rangers Over Staying in the Prem with Crystal Palace

New Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has explained exactly why he decided to sign for the Ibrox club this month – and why moving to Glasgow was more appealing than staying in the Premier League.

The ex-England international has joined the Gers on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth, and has already been training with his new team-mates at their warm-weather training camp in Tenerife this week.

He might be 36 but it sounds as though Defoe was still wanted by several notable teams when he became available on January 1, one of which was Roy Hodgson’s Palace, who are currently searching for a forward capable of firing them towards Premier League safety.

Embed from Getty Images

As you’d probably expect, playing under Steven Gerrard played a big role in Defoe’s decision, and when ask by Sky Sports if there was any interest from Palace, he said: “There was interest, I had to weigh it all up, and I fancied something different to be honest, I fancied a different challenge.

“It is a massive football club and I am coming into an environment where everyone is confident.

“The Palace one was lingering for years – I know a lot of people down there, (coach) Mark Bright, a lot of the players. It is obviously a fantastic football club, with a top manager (Roy Hodgson).

“But I spoke to Stevie and decided to come here, because it is a great opportunity for me.

“When he got the job, it did make me think a little bit, and so far he is a natural.”

“I am always sharp and I will always try my best.

“I am not superhuman and, as you get older, the body changes but, when you get in and around the box, nothing changes.”

Defoe looks set to make his competitive debut for his new employers when they face Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup later this month – but do you think he’ll be a big success in Scottish football?

Let us know in the comments section below…

More in Football

Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Lavishes Praise on Andy Robertson as Defender Pens New Deal

Daniel CawJanuary 17, 2019

Celtic Fans Don’t See the Sense in Rumoured Loan Move for Scott McTominay

Daniel CawJanuary 17, 2019

Anyone Betting on Brendan Rodgers to Leicester Will Lose Their Money, Says Claude Puel

Daniel CawJanuary 17, 2019

NFL Commentator Shen Xiao Buys Shares in Motherwell

Daniel CawJanuary 17, 2019

Mc25 – The Best Players in Scotland Over 2018

Daniel CawJanuary 17, 2019

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Juventus Winner in Italian Super Cup Final

Daniel CawJanuary 16, 2019

Some Chelsea Fans Are Starting to Believe Their No.9 Shirt is Cursed

Daniel CawJanuary 16, 2019

Celtic Are Trying to Sign James McCarthy On Loan…According to Jim White

Daniel CawJanuary 16, 2019

Rangers Installed as Bookies’ Favourite to Sign Adam Lallana From Liverpool

Daniel CawJanuary 16, 2019