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Rangers’ Jermain Defoe says he had no relationship with Celtic-linked Eddie Howe who ‘didn’t know how to manage me’


RANGERS striker Jermain Defoe says Celtic-linked Eddie Howe didn’t know how to handle him as a player – and that they had no personal relationship.

The pair were together at Bournemouth after Defoe returned for a second spell in 2017 on a three-year deal.

Rangers' Jermain Defoe said he had no relationship with Celtic-linked Eddie Howe

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Rangers’ Jermain Defoe said he had no relationship with Celtic-linked Eddie HoweCredit: Getty

But the former England frontman lasted just 18 months on the south coast before heading to Ibrox on loan and then making that move a permanent one.

Defoe believes he didn’t get a proper chance at the Cherries – and ended up feeling that he was forced him out of the club.

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Now the pair could cross swords again if Howe is appointed Celtic manager for next season and Defoe remains at Rangers.

Defoe told talkSPORT: “I went to Bournemouth and just didn’t really get an opportunity, didn’t get a run of games.

“I’ve scored goals everywhere I’ve been. Before I went to Bournemouth, I’d scored 15 goals in back-to-back seasons.

“I got back into the England squad so I was going to Bournemouth to play.

“But I just didn’t get the opportunity to be honest.

“I didn’t really have a relationship with the manager. I was closer to his assistant Jason Tindall.

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Rangers' Jermain Defoe felt Eddie Howe "didn't know how to handle me"

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Rangers’ Jermain Defoe felt Eddie Howe “didn’t know how to handle me”Credit: Getty

“I just felt like the manager, he probably didn’t know how to manage me for whatever reason. That was it really.

“I know all the stats – round about that time, in terms of late goals scored, 90 minutes-plus, I think I was first in the Premier League to be honest.

“So I always thought, okay then, put my ego to the side a little bit, if I’m not starting, at least I can come on and try and get a goal and help the team.

“But towards the end I almost felt like I was forced out. And then that was it.

“It was a different way of playing there. My programme was changed. They were asking me to do things I hadn’t really done before and that was it.

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“Because I didn’t get a run of games, it was hard for me to perform, it was just like stop-start.

“I’d play two games then miss a few games. Towards the end I wasn’t even getting on the pitch.”

Jermain Defoe cut short his second spell at Bournemouth to move to Rangers

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Jermain Defoe cut short his second spell at Bournemouth to move to RangersCredit: The Sun





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