Steven Gerrard’s new-look Rangers have started the season well and optimism is rising but one man who has been unable to play any part is Graham Dorrans.

The 12-cap Scotland international has been sidelined by an ankle injury first sustained against Kilmarnock in October, which flared up again towards the end of last season.

The Daily Record now report that Dorrans looks set to be back within months, and not weeks, which is another injury set back for the midfielder.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Steven Gerrard of Liverpool competes with Graham Dorrans of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on February 11, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

With Gerrard’s preferred Rangers midfield trio of Ryan Jack, Lassana Coulibaly and Scott Arfield emerging, with loanee Ovie Ejaria lurking behind in the pecking order, the signs were already not good for Dorrans.

Therefore, being out for even longer is a major blow. In that time, Gerrard’s new-look Rangers are only going to become more familiar with each other and as such, performances should improve.

That will make it all the more difficult for an ageing midfielder who has had no pre-season and is coming back from injury problems to impress the new manager and force his way into a midfield that is all the more established.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 12: Graham Dorrans of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Of course, Dorrans still has something to offer. His vast experience would help the energetic Rangers midfield and his passing range could add another dimension, especially against packed defences.

His start to 2017/18, where he netted five times in ten games before his injury, also shows that he could provide an alternative source of goals to ease the burden on Alfredo Morelos as the loan striker.

But, this latest setback could see this Rangers team move on without him before he is ready to return.

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