Graham Dorrans’ Rangers career has been one that’s been blighted by injuries, but when will we see him back again?
Finally, it appears that the star-signing of 2017 is fit and available to get going again. But, despite that, Steven Gerrard has dropped him from his squad in recent times.
Dorrans returned to the fold against Villarreal last month. An impressive cameo display led to a half-hour appearance against St Johnstone that weekend. He even bagged a start against Ayr United in the Betfred Cup in September too. Things seemed to be going well for Dorrans after a horrific knee injury ruled him out for the start of the season.
But, once more, things have taken a turn for the worse. Thankfully this time, however, it’s not injury concerned.
In the three matches played since the Ayr victory, Dorrans hasn’t even been part of the match-day squad. There was nothing in his previous performances to make you believe he should’ve been dropped totally. This is, however, just a sign of how competitive things are becoming at Gerrard’s Gers.
It would be interesting to see how Dorrans would operate if he was to be selected consistently once more. He certainly has the talent in him to make his mark, but he has to start getting the chance.
Gerrard pleased at Dorrans return
The manager has already stated how pleased he is to have Dorrans back in contention. He can add something different and certainly has some positive traits going forward that Rangers can take advantage of.
The question Gerrard must now be asking himself is whether he’s as good as the likes of Scott Arfield or Lassana Coulibaly. If push comes to shove, any Rangers fan would most-likely say no.
That’s not to say Dorrans doesn’t have a part to play in this side, however. Injuries have already shown this season that they’re going to be a big part of Rangers’ challenges. Dorrans can easily push his way to first-reserve ahead of Andy Halliday and Ross McCrorie if he performs to his full ability.
It would be fair to say that Gerrard may even have to trim the midfield fat in his squad at the end of the season. Dorrans won’t want to put himself into a position where he’s one of those looking to be shifted.
With Ovie Ejaria highly likely to interest Rangers in the summer, numbers for the central roles will be huge.
As it stands, the situation is looking bleak for Dorrans. He’ll get more opportunities, but nobody knows when. When he does, however, he simply must take them. Fail to do so and he could find himself in a tricky situation in the summer.