Les Ferdinand reckons it will be every Rangers striker’s dream to have Jermain Defoe on the Ibrox coaching staff.

New boy Fashion Sakala will soon arrive for pre-season training with title-winning attackers such as Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten.

Defoe remains in that camp as player but he’s also on the backroom team after Steven Gerrard gave him a new deal.

And Ferdinand believes the veteran hitman will serve up a masterclass in the art of scoring for those lucky strikers.

Ferdinand was first team coach at Tottenham for four of Defoe’s prolific seasons in the Premier League.

That mentoring work was inspirational in helping Defoe net 162 English top-flight goals, ninth on the all-time list.

Now Ferdinand, 11th in that chart on 149 goals, is fascinated to watch his former pupil turn his experienced hand for Rangers.

He’s convinced Gerrard’s goal-grabbing group will prosper learning from one of the best in the business.

Ferdinand said: “Becoming player-coach is a very good move for Jermain and Rangers.

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“The biggest learning curve was learning off my peers. So to have one as your coach is going to be such a positive step for those Rangers forwards.

“As a player, you’ll look at him and think: ‘He’s been there, done it, played at the highest level, done all the things that, perhaps, I want to achieve’.

“Jermain is someone to follow, to model themselves on because he’s picked up so much knowledge from his football journey.

“Everywhere he’s gone, he’s been a success. His experience is vast. If he imparts that knowledge to a new generation of Rangers strikers, it can be of massive benefit to everyone.

“It’s not just on the training field. The way he looks after himself is the example. Players will look at him and think: ‘He’s 39 soon and is still going strong.

“So not only has he been successful scoring goals everywhere but he’s having longevity because of the way he takes care of himself. What a shrewd signing by Gerrard and what a great idea to have him as player-coach now.”

Defoe linked up with old mate Ferdinand in January 2009 when Harry Redknapp swooped with £15million to bring him back to White Hart Lane from Portsmouth.

He struck 28 goals for club and country in his first full season working alongside Ferdinand, including a winner against Slovenia at the World Cup in South Africa.

Ferdinand, in England squads for Euro 96 and France 98, says dedicated Defoe was a delight.

He said: “I loved working with Jermain. I just loved his enthusiasm, his ability and his will to get better.

“When you work with players who just want to improve themselves all the time it’s highly encouraging.

“So it’s no surprise to me that he’s going into coaching. The guy who’s just managed Rangers to the title and Jermain are so similar – people who love football so much.

“What they want to do now is pass on their knowledge to those they work with.

“That’s what Steven Gerrard has done in his few years at Rangers and Jermain, I’m sure, will follow that example.

“I was fortunate, a little bit like Jermain, I was able to play until I was 39. Because I loved it – and he’s the same.

“That enthusiasm itself will help in his desire to coach. People will learn so much from him as a result.”

Defoe moved up to Glasgow, from Bournemouth in January 2019, initially on loan.

And Ferdinand believes the exposure to Old Firm pressures and competing for silverware with a Scottish giant has helped keep Defoe keen.

He said: “I can see how it’s given Jermain extra legs. Not just playing for an amazing big club like Rangers but being successful there gives you that bit more enthusiasm.

“You see some players going down through the leagues as they go into their late 30s.

“Jermain has gone up rather than down.

“His enthusiasm has picked up again and again because he’s playing for such a massive club and just won
a title.

“When you think about it, you can’t believe he went over to Toronto to play seven years ago when he had so much still to give in top-flight football over here.”

Defoe has since provided persuasive evidence that he’s far from finished as a player as Rangers became Invincibles.

He turns 39 in October but the two goals scored off the bench against rivals Celtic and Aberdeen showed he’s lost none of his penalty box sharpness or trademark moves.

Ferdinand, now director of football at QPR, said: “I saw those goals. They summed up what Jermain is all about.

“It looked like him years ago! Watching them, you wouldn’t believe he’d hardly started many games for Rangers last season.

“He has certainly still got it, hasn’t he?”