Dundee manager James McPake has told the Dundee Courier that he expects former Rangers midfielder Graham Dorrans to stay put amidst reported interest from MK Dons.

The Scottish Sun claim that Dorrans’ 2018 Ibrox teammate, Russell Martin, who is currently the manager of the EFL League One outfit, is keen to sign him this month.

Martin is trying to guide MK Dons up the League One table. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

It’s also said that the Scotland international has a release clause in his one-year Dee deal which he could trigger during the transfer window.

However, McPake, who is a former teammate of Dorrans’ from their Livingston days, isn’t overly worried.

“It’s no surprise at all if other clubs are interested in Graham,” he told the Dundee Courier. “Of course people will be looking at him and I think there will be interest over the next few weeks.”

“I’m confident Graham will be here for the season. Every conversation I’ve had with him, he’s enjoying his football. He’s fitted in well with the boys and he is playing a big role here.

“He is an important member of the squad and he’s enjoying playing again.”

Dorrans’ during a rare outing for Rangers against Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)


Dorrans’ Rangers career never really got going, with serious ankle and knee injuries ensuring he spent much more time on the treatment table than on the pitch.

His lack of playing time prompted the drop to the Scottish Championship with Dundee, but now back fit, his quality is beginning to shine through.

The 32-year-old netted a fine equaliser during a 1-1 derby draw at Dundee United last weekend, and he’s now played over 1000 minutes for his new club.

Back in September, the player expressed his desire to play at the highest level possible [Dundee Courier], and we’ll soon find out whether he would rather return to England to join Martin, or fight it out for promotion at Dens Park.

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