We were amused to see a Celtic-based site show up in our Rangers feed recently, carrying a story smearing Jermain Defoe and alleging that he’s bitter and a liar.
The piece was relating to his comments on former Bournemouth Eddie Howe and the former Cherries’ striker’s lack of game time under this boss, and how ultimately he was binned and exiled.
The article effectively called this ‘convenient’ (in lieu of Howe being linked to Parkhead) and suggested his recollection was flimsy at best and that he got ample opportunity to prove himself.
And that maybe, just maybe he wasn’t good enough.
And it is true his strike rate in 2018 with 24 appearances was just four goals – but this rather forgets that he only started 11 of these matches.
In the bulk of 24 appearances, he was a second half sub. Didn’t get a major run at all on the seaside.
Why are we defending ourselves against the lies of a Celtic website?
Because Jermain Defoe doesn’t lie – Defoe is about as honest a footballer as they come – he’s one of the most respected fellows in the game, a bit like his manager, and desperate green sites will do anything they can to character assassinate Rangers players.
Even extending to lying about them to prove their case.
And while Defoe is no wimp, and doesn’t need to defend himself against the likes of such nonsense, we still wanted to set the record straight.
Let’s face, Celtic would kill for a striker of Defoe’s class – Bournemouth was the only club he didn’t thrive at, and that’s because he really didn’t play.
No surrender Defoe, Illegitimi non carborundum.