Time running out for Caixinha signing – proving an expensive mistake
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What does latest "injury setback" mean for Rangers' Graham Dorrans?

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard revealed today that Graham Dorrans has had yet another “injury setback”.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference looking forward to St. Johnstone, Gerrard said the club do not yet know the extent of the injury.
It’s incredibly frustrating for a player who has struggled for fitness since joining the club last season. But what does this latest injury mean for the midfielder’s Ibrox career?

Dorrans has shown flashes of how good a player he can be. But flashes just about sums up his time at Rangers so far.
He’s only made three appearances this season. Two of them from the bench, one a neat cameo against Villarreal and the other against St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership. He also started against Ayr United in the League Cup.
All of these were at the end of September and the midfielder hasn’t been seen since. Dorrans also only played 20 times last year.
Dorrans could’ve been a useful player for Rangers
It’s a real shame. At times Rangers have really missed his creative spark in midfield. But with the signing of Steven Davis, Dorrans now has real competition in his position. Will the former Scotland international be able to get up to speed before the final whistle goes this season?
The club must also be looking at creative midfielders for the next window. There was huge talk of bringing in a number 10 back in January, to no avail.
But if Davis signs full-time, he will need cover. Dorrans’ consistent injuries prove the club can’t rely on him to be available.

Graham Dorrans is a diehard bluenose and this will be hurting him more than anyone – but there’s no doubt he’ll be a good influence around the place. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At 31, he’s also at a time in his career where he must be playing football to prolong it.
Dorrans joined Rangers for a reported £750k from Norwich at the beginning of last season. He signed a three-year deal on what must be decent wages.
That means he’ll have one year to prove his fitness and himself at Ibrox.
If he doesn’t, he must go down as one of the poorest and most expensive signings of the Caixinha era, at least on the pitch. Even if a lot of it isn’t his fault.

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