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Jermain Defoe insists he’s determined to keep playing until the end of the season at the minimum.

The veteran frontman’s time at Rangers came to an end after an “honest conversation” with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst yesterday.

Defoe told talkSPORT: “It was an honest conversation with the manager, do you want to play or do you want to coach?

“Coming at it from a different culture he probably just thought: ‘what do you want to do? Do you want to play or do you want to coach?

“And I said, gaffer I want to play, because that was always my plan from the beginning, while doing my coaching badges.

“I said I finished the season strong and I feel sharp, and he said yeah I saw that I did a complete pre-season so I am ready to play to be honest.

“I have had loads of phone calls but like I said from the start of my season my plan is to continue playing until the end of the season and see what happens then.

“No disrespect to anyone else up there, but every day in training I felt I was playing with the best players in this league. So there’s no need to stop just because I am 39, you stop when the body tells you to stop.”

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