Graham Dorrans’ could return to the Rangers squad soon after an injury-hit 18 months.

But where does he fit in Steven Gerrard’s side once he is available?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Graham Dorrans of Rangers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Since arriving at Ibrox in 2017, Dorrans has struggled with injury and has rarely been seen on the pitch this season.

The midfielder travelled to Tenerife with the squad over the winter break and Gerrard has spoken highly of him previously.

Steve Davis’ arrival this month will make competition much harder in an already busy midfield.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 12: Graham Dorrans of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack, Ross McCrorie, Lassana Coulibaly and Jordan Rossiter are all options for Gerrard.

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Glen Kamara has also penned a pre-contract but could still arrive this month, according to the Scottish Sun.

Dorrans is clearly a talented player but after barely playing since October 2017 there’s a risk he’s not quite the same player.

Arfield and Jack are both almost automatic picks while McCrorie and Rossiter both need games for their development.

 

Adding Davis and Kamara to the mix means Dorrans certainly won’t walk straight back into the side.

It might even be that he’s used from the bench more as used sparingly to protect his fitness.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Graham Dorrans of Rangers vies with Niall Keown of Partick Thistle during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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His brief cameo against Villarreal earlier this season showed flashes of his ability but he’ll need a decent run of games.

Being just a few months shy of his 32nd birthday won’t help much either.

Small niggles tend to be that little bit sorer and last a little longer with every passing year and Dorrans will be feeling that.

At his best, he’s a player that can still contribute and help Rangers towards 55.

Whether he can get back to that level remains to be seen.