Dundee manager James McPake has hailed former Rangers midfielder Graham Dorrans in an interview with the Dundee Courier.

The 32-year-old was released by the Gers at the back end of the summer transfer window.

Then, after several weeks as a free agent, he signed a contract at Dens Park.

Dorrans played with McPake at Livingston at the beginning of his career and after an injury-ravaged few seasons at Ibrox, he reunited with his old friend in the second tier in order to get playing time.

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So far, he’s made seven league appearances and is yet to score, but has registered two assists.

 

“I knew he was over his injury so when it became possible we knew the quality he would bring here,” McPake told the Dundee Courier. “He is a standout performer in the Championship and he would be the same in the Premiership too.”

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“He is a top, top player. He sees passes and cuts defences open like other people can’t do.

“People will be looking at him, for sure, but he is just happy to be involved again and playing football.”

Dorrans played at a high level in England with West Brom and Norwich, but his Ibrox stint proved disappointing. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s good to see Dorrans getting a run of games again after his chances of making a real impact at Rangers were destroyed by various injury woes.

McPake has clearly been impressed by what he’s seen so far, but given that Dorrans is a full international with years of Premier League experience, he was always going to impress in the Scottish Championship.

The challenge now is whether or not he can stay fit for a prolonged period and help the Dee earn promotion.

Or, if that collective goal isn’t achieved, can he impress sufficiently to earn a move to a higher level come the summer, despite his advancing age?

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