As he continues to impress since his return, what does Andy Halliday’s revival mean for Graham Dorrans?
Former Livingston star Halliday has been a solid performer in recent weeks. However, it’s all the more impressive when you consider his recent troubles at the club.
Coming off the back of a frustrating season last year, the versatile midfielder was guilty of hugely under-performing. His poor displays saw the love he once had with the Rangers supporters snatched away from him.
Rangers’ utility man
It seemed when Steven Gerrard brought in his new wave of recruits that it was the beginning of the end for Halliday. However, a couple of performances later and he’s looking like Gerrard’s ideal utility man.
What, however, does this now mean for Graham Dorrans?
Dorrans arrived to much hype last season, but never really got a head of steam going at Ibrox. Injuries curtailed his progress as did the instability at the club with the arrival and departure of two managers.
The former West Bromwich Albion man is out with a severe ankle injury. Once again, an injury has proved to be his downfall as Halliday hops above him in the pecking order.
Gerrard has claimed that Dorrans is a big part of his plans, but this will have been before Halliday’s revival.
With the likes of Ryan Jack, Ovie Ejaria, Lassana Coulibaly, and Halliday now all ahead of him, where does Dorrans fit in?
It could still be that Gerrard sees Dorrans as simply another option. However, it would be extremely surprising if the Scotland internationalist was happy to sit on the bench each week.
You could, however, flip it around and say that Halliday’s revival is a good sign for Dorrans. The big-name signing of 2017 has always been the more talented player. Therefore, what could Gerrard do with him after seeing the revival of Halliday?
On his day, the 31-year-old is a tremendous box-to-box talent and has a keen eye for goal. He showed as much in the early part of last season before his injuries.
What Dorrans has to do now is simply get himself fit. Succeeding in that and he’ll be in the conversation again.
However, with the plethora of options at Gerrard’s disposal, it could be the case that the Pedro Caixinha signing could be seeing the beginning of the end of his time at Ibrox.