With much speculation in the last several days about a potential return to Ibrox, we look at what Steven Davis signing would mean for Graham Dorrans.
The Northern Irish star told a Rangers supporter on Twitter that he wants to return to the club. This fuelled the rumour mill as supporters gathered in unison to support any potential come-back.
Steven Davis hoping to make a Rangers return. 🇬🇧🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/bzJGPqMfTv
— Rangers Circle (@RangersCircle) September 9, 2018
Rangers brought Allan McGregor back to Ibrox this summer, and it’s helped develop a winning mentality. Not only has McGregor improved the quality of shot-stopping in goal, but he’s a winner and won’t accept second best.
The excitement of Davis signing is because he would be in the same calibre of player. Walter Smith instilled something special into a talented group of players a decade ago. Davis was a star-man within that, and would be a star-man if he returned once more.
Yet, there is one Gers player who should be praying it doesn’t happen – Dorrans.
Davis is a solid player with terrific box-to-box energy, yet this is what Dorrans was supposed to provide. Ultimately, you would imagine Davis would automatically leap over him in the pecking order.
Graham’s big concern
Why is this a concern? Well, Dorrans is already low down the selection list already. Injury concerns have halted his chance to impress Gerrard. Meanwhile, the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Jack, and Lassana Coulibaly have been cementing their roles.
Adding Davis to that mix would make a tough renaissance even tougher to carry out.
You could point to how Andy Halliday looks a much more solid and composed player under Gerrard. That’s fine, but Halliday isn’t playing week-in, week-out. Dorrans would fancy his own chances of doing so if he gets fully-fit.
The Scotland international arrived at Ibrox at the beginning of last season under Pedro Caixinha. Despite making an early impression, his form tailed off. Injuries then struck and it was difficult for Dorrans to make his mark.
There’s also a more settled structure at the club these days. Gerrard has gone on record in the past and praised Dorrans, but his place in the pecking order doesn’t lie.
Adding Davis to the mix, who is a better footballer than Dorrans, would be brilliant for Rangers. But not so for the current Rangers man.
The midfielder faces a huge battle to get the better of those already ahead of him. He may not even manage it. But a return for Davis? Dorrans should start looking elsewhere if that’s the case.