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Forced out’: Rangers star comments on frustrating experience working under boss linked with Celtic

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Forced out’: Rangers star comments on frustrating experience working under boss linked with Celtic

If speculation regarding Celtic’s managerial vacancy is to be believed, Jermain Defoe could find himself going up against his former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe next season.

The veteran striker has discussed the idea of remaining at Ibrox beyond the end of the current campaign, while Howe’s name continues to be mentioned in connection with the Celtic job.

It may not necessarily be a happy reunion in Glasgow, however, with Defoe now shedding light on what appears to have been an unsatisfying dynamic between the pair.

Having scored 37 goals in 93 games for Sunderland, Defoe left for a second spell at the Cherries in July 2017.

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It was to prove a frustrating period for the striker, who scored just four times in 34 appearances before joining Rangers 18 months later.

His time at Ibrox has been significantly more successful, and he won the first league title of his career earlier this month.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the 38-year-old reflected on the difficulties he experienced while working under Howe.

He said:“I just didn’t get the opportunity (at Bournemouth) to be honest.

“I’ve scored goals everywhere I’ve been. I didn’t get the opportunity.


“It was difficult when I left Sunderland to be honest, because I was loving it there. I scored a lot of goals.

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“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.

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

“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.

“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.

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“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.

“I didn’t really have a relationship with the manager. I was closer to (assistant) Jason Tindall, but I just felt like the manager, he probably didn’t know how to manage me for whatever reason.

“That was it really.”


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