Graham Dorrans has spoken out about his Rangers exit and explained his call to drop down to the Scottish Championship, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
The 32-year-old’s Gers contract was mutually terminated on deadline day. Then, after almost three weeks as a free agent, he put pen to paper and signed for Dundee.
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Former Rangers player Dorrans on Ibrox departure
“It was tough but I had to get out and play football”, said Dorrans, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I’m 32 and I’ve got ambitions to play as high as possible. It was never easy to leave but it was the right decision.”
Interestingly, when asked if he spoke with Steven Gerrard before his exit, he said “No.”
Dundee fans were delighted with his signing, given that the midfielder is a Scotland international with bags of Premier League experience.
It seems something of a step-down, but he also moved to explain the rationale behind the call.
“We [Dorrans and James McPake] spoke after the window closed,” he continued. “He was keen to get me in. This is the best place for me to play football and get myself fit.”
“I’ve got big ambitions to get back as high as possible. If it’s the Premiership with this club, great, but I want to play as high as I can.”
Although this was a case of mutual contract termination, Dorrans is suggesting it was he who made the late decision to leave Ibrox for pastures new.
Given he was frozen out of the first-team operations, it was the right call to leave in search of playing time. Lingering around for the remainder of his contract wouldn’t have done anyone any good.
Clearly, though, his relationship with Steven Gerrard suffered over the summer. Dorrans was reportedly shocked to be left out of the club’s pre-season plans way back in June [Daily Record] and considering the lack of communication over his departure, it seems there still may be tension there.
Dorrans appears to have a much stronger relationship with former Livingston teammate, James McPake, who has tempted him to The Dee. He made his debut as a 56th-minute substitute away at Morton on Sunday, but couldn’t stop his new side from falling to a 1-0 defeat.