He was last season's star, so how long before we see him back?
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How long before we see Graham Dorrans back in action?

One of the questions that must be on many supporters’ lips is how long before Graham Dorrans is back?

The midfielder picked up a bad knee injury at the start of the season. It’s nearly been three months since that injury occurred, and still Dorrans sits out.

Steven Gerrard seemed to hint that he was to be available soon after the defeat to Celtic. Speaking about the international break, Gerrard stated that it gave Rangers time to get the likes of Dorrans back fit.

Graham Dorrans was one of the big signings of last season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s clear that whatever issue has been plaguing Dorrans’ knee is close to being in the past at this stage. He was snapped training alongside fellow team-mates at the Hummel Training Centre recently. In terms of his availability, he must be back soon.

No reserve team action

Interestingly, however, Dorrans hasn’t featured in any reserve team action. The likes of Umar Sadiq and Lee Wallace have been plying their trade there recently, but Dorrans is yet to feature.

There’s still been no time-frame given regarding when Dorrans will be introduced once more into the side. It could also be the case that Rangers are just choosing not to have him feature in reserve action because he doesn’t need it.

An unlikely scenario is that the midfielder is already fit, but not favoured by Gerrard. Competition is high in the Rangers midfield, but Dorrans is likely to be given a shot to prove himself under the new manager.

The midfielder has a big task getting back into the side (Getty Images)

Whether a space does actually open up for him is more questionable, however. With Lassana Coulibaly, Ryan Jack, and Ovie Ejaria all impressing, Dorrans wouldn’t be a consistent figure.

Gerrard has expressed that he likes the qualities Dorrans provides, but it’s difficult to see where he fits into the team.

He may have been the star-signing of last season under Pedro Caixinha, but this a much-improved Rangers. If Gerrard can turn Dorrans into a reliable squad player in the same way he did Andy Halliday, supporters can be satisfied.

For now, however, we continue to await news on the midfielder’s fitness. In the mean-time, Rangers will get by with the quality already on show.

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