Former Rangers attacker Joe Dodoo has spoken out following his move to Bolton Wanderers, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 24-year-old was released by the Gers on deadline day after three years at Ibrox and spent a month as a free agent before being picked up.
#RangersFC can tonight confirm the mutual termination of striker Joe Dodoo's contract.
He departs with the best wishes of everyone at Rangers.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 2, 2019
The Trotters are currently in a rebuilding phase after a takeover from Football Ventures in late August saved the club from liquidation [BBC Sport] and fans were pleased when the forward joined the ranks.
“Bolton are a big club and I don’t see this as any sort of step down,” said Dodoo, as quoted by the Daily Record. “It’s easy to ignore what goes on behind closed doors but it’s my career and it’s not easy when you are not playing games, or you haven’t got the right manager or the right team.”
“I’d rather be somewhere that I can achieve something with people who want to make me achieve, an environment that I benefit from.
“I feel like I have that here at Bolton. I have enjoyed what I have seen so far and I want more.”
Clearly, Dodoo is trying to make an impression at his new club, but he’s not fooling anyone by claiming that moving from Rangers to the bottom of League One isn’t a step down.
No disrespect to Bolton, who not that long ago were a Premier League side. But, right now, the two clubs aren’t even close.
Rangers are top of the Scottish Premiership and competing in a strong Europa League group, while Wanderers have a cobbled together squad and are on minus eight points in the league. Therefore, they are almost certain to be relegated to the fourth tier.
Judging by the player’s other comments, he feels he wasn’t treated well enough during his stint at Ibrox.
It can’t be nice to be at a club where you know you aren’t rated by the manager, but by the same token, during his loan stints at Charlton and Blackpool, Dodoo did little to suggest he was deserving of another chance at Ibrox.