Jermain Defoe named in four-man caretaker team to manage Rangers following Steven Gerrard’s departure

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Jermain Defoe named in four-man caretaker team to manage Rangers following Steven Gerrard’s departure

Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will form part of a four-man caretaker team in charge of Rangers following Steven Gerrard’s departure.

At the age of 39, the ex-England star is still signed to the Scottish Premiership side as player-coach but has only made one playing appearance this season.

On Monday, Rangers confirmed a temporary team ahead of the League Cup semi-final against Hibernian on Sunday; consisting of Defoe, B-team boss David McCallum and his assistant, Brian Gilmour, plus goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst emerged as the favourite to take over following Gerrard's departure for Aston Villa last week.

It was reported that the Dutchman held talks with Rangers in London over the weekend while Frank Lampard is not said to be under consideration.

PA news agency have quoted an Ibrox source stating that Rangers are "comfortable and in control" of a process that is ongoing and "not time-bound" with "several really strong candidates, including candidates not mentioned in public domain".

Van Bronckhorst's appointment would be popular with Rangers fans. The former Ibrox midfielder led Feyenoord to their first title in 18 years in 2017 as well as two KNVB Cups, and has been out of work since ending a 12-month spell in China at the end of last year.

The Premiership leaders face Sparta Prague in a crucial Europa League contest four days after the Hibs clash.

Meanwhile Gerrard recalled his time at Ibrox before a "very crazy, very quick" move and insisted he could "walk away with my head held high".

 (Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
(Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

"The opportunity was too big and from there it happened really quick," he told Villa TV. "I must pay my respect to Rangers, they were very professional in the dealings as well.

"I have to respect that the leagues are very different in terms of the level but I have learned an awful lot in the past three-and-a-half years. I've lived under that pressure and that demand to win every single week, and to compete.

"There was a big building job to be done there and I can walk away with my head held high for sure but I think going into another league, different teams, different coaches, different challenges, that is something we will adapt to pretty quickly."

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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