He may have been one of the marquee signings of Pedro Caixinha’s time, but where does Graham Dorrans’ Rangers future now stand?
The Scottish international has had his fair share of injury problems since joining the club, and has struggled to make the impact the Rangers supporters hoped for when he joined from West Bromwich Albion. Added to that, when he did feature last term, he wasn’t as influential in the centre of midfield as initially thought.
Steven Gerrard has already brought in Scott Arfield and Lassana Coulibaly from Burnley and Angers respectively. It remains to be seen whether the pair are Gerrard’s preferred combination in the engine room. However, with Ryan Jack and Ross McCrorie both featuring in both legs of the Europa League first round qualifying tie against Shkupi, Gerrard still has depth there should he wish to rotate.
Another of Dorrans’ midfield compatriots, Greg Docherty, was also on the bench for both legs of the Shkupi tie. He proved to be a big hit last season with his energetic runs and box-to-box nature.
There’s no doubt that it’s a good problem to have for Gerrard, but whether Dorrans would settle for a squad-player role at this point in his career is debatable.
Supporters have had mixed reactions to the 31-year-old’s performances since joining, and with Gerrard having singled out Jack, McCrorie, Arfield, and even Jordan Rossiter for individual praise – it remains to be seen where Dorrans’ future in this new-look squad is at.