Thursday night’s game brought with it a hugely positive feeling among the Rangers support. But such an amazing result meant a major development for the squad largely went unnoticed. Graham Dorrans returned to first team action.
The midfielder has been out injured since the beginning of the campaign, but Steven Gerrard has reiterated his importance to the team. He took the chance to do so again following his return v Villarreal.
“When he is at full fitness he’ll be one of our most experienced, one of our most talented and one of our better players,” said Gerrard.
“He’s played at a very high level all of his career, he’s got international experience and he’s followed the team everywhere since day one.”
A presence both on and off the pitch
Gerrard clearly thinks a lot of the ex-Livingston man.
The boyhood Rangers fan joined last season amidst a year of chaos for the club.
When he turned it on, the midfielder showed class, but the club lacked direction in general.
Dorrans is clearly a player of ability. When he came on against Villarreal the midfielder produced a mazy, skilful run which almost produced a goal.
But it’s off the pitch Gerrard has been most impressed.
“Every away game Graham has been there, he’s been in the dressing room and he’s been helping in a different way,” said Gerrard.
“I want him to continue that leadership and we’re going to try and accelerate his match fitness as quick as we can.
“It’s difficult because there are no friendly games and we are not in pre-season anymore. Every game is important now but what you do know is he can go into any game and any situation and deliver.”
Graham Dorrans clearly has a big role to play for Rangers this season, and fans can expect to see more of the midfielder in action soon.
How he’ll be used under Gerrard is yet to be seen.
But it is undeniably an exciting and useful prospect for the squad.