Chris Sutton defends his comments on Rangers striker Jermain Defoe

FC Barcelona's Brazilian Ronaldinho (R) vies with Celtic's Alan Thompson (L) and Chris Sutton (C) during their Champions League football match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, 24...

Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has brought Jermain Defoe to Ibrox.

Rangers Manager, Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Chris Sutton has suggested to The Scottish Sun that Celtic fans would have been happy if the Hoops signed Rangers striker Jermain Defoe.

Rangers have signed Defoe on loan from Premier League club Bournemouth in the January transfer window.

The 36-year-old former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker has moved to Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox club on an 18-month loan deal.


Former Celtic striker Sutton believes that fans of the Bhoys would have been glad if manager Brendan Rodgers had signed Defoe.

Sutton, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport and BT Sport, has defended his comments on Twitter.

Sutton told The Scottish Sun about Defoe: “I know some Celtic fans have said that he’s getting on a bit. But if Defoe had signed for Celtic, I think they would be putting a statue up to him outside.”

Jermain Defoe of Bournemouth before the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Defoe is a proven goalscorer, and there is no doubt that Rangers fans are delighted with manager Gerrard being able to sign the striker in the January transfer window.

Celtic could have done with a striker of Defoe’s quality, but given that he is in his mid-30s, maybe it is better for the Glasgow giants that they did not try to sign him this month.

21st October 2017, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup Semi-final, Hibernian versus Celtic; Alan Stubbs and Chris Sutton before the match

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