Jermain Defoe has revealed Celtic-linked manager Eddie Howe "didn't know how to manage him" during his spell at Bournemouth.

The Rangers striker failed to establish himself as the Cherries' top striker under Howe, despite his goals return throughout his prolific career. Defoe, speaking on talkSPORT, admitted he failed to adapt to the 'different' way of playing at the club, though he wasn't given an opportunity to have a proper run in the starting XI.

Defoe also explained how he felt he was eventually forced out the club, and that he barely had a relationship with Howe. He said: "I just didn’t get the opportunity 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. Before I went to Bournemouth, I’d scored 15 goals back-to-back. 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."

He added: "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 (Howe). 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."

Howe, 43, has been linked with the Hoops job following Neil Lennon's resignation.