Giovanni van Bronckhorst has backed Jermain Defoe to play an ‘vital’ function on the pitch for Rangers after confirming the striker won’t be a part of his teaching workers.
The 39-year-old former England worldwide was handed a player-coach function by Steven Gerrard when he signed a brand new one-year deal in the summertime.
New boss Van Bronckhorst has introduced in his personal teaching workers with Roy Makaay, former Ajax youth professional Dave Vos, Yori Bosschaart and Arno Phillps arriving at Ibrox, which means Defoe is now not wanted on the touchline.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman desires to get the striker extra concerned on the pitch once more after bringing him on for simply his second look of the season throughout Sunday’s 3-1 win at Livingston.
Van Bronckhorst mentioned: “Jermain’s been actually good. After I got here right here in fact he was a part of the teaching workers but additionally a participant.
“He is additionally busy together with his coaching badges, which is actually good as a result of we have already began occupied with staff processes and tactical potentialities.
“However for now Jermain continues to be a participant and we’ll use him solely as a participant.
“The standard that he has is typically wanted in video games.
“After all, Kemar Roofe has been out for the final two video games. Jermain could not play in Europe as a result of he wasn’t eligible however I feel he can nonetheless have an vital function this season.”
Roofe is ready to return to the Ibrox squad for Gers’ match in opposition to Hibernian at Easter Street on Wednesday, which is dwell on Sky Sports activities.
The supervisor additionally hopes Filip Helander will probably be again quickly too.
The Sweden defender has not featured since present process knee surgical procedure again in September however is again out on the pitch.
Van Bronckhorst mentioned: “We have now to slowly convey him again to health ranges required to play video games.
“Hopefully, we anticipate him to participate in coaching a while this month.”