Keeping Graham Dorrans Fit Is Imperative For Rangers This Season

Keeping Graham Dorrans Fit Is Imperative For Rangers This Season
Aug 18, 2017

Rangers Scottish Premier League

Graham Dorrans started life in a Rangers shirt in perfect fashion on the opening weekend with a brace for his boyhood club and his influence in the centre of the park will be pivotal this season if the Ibrox club wish to challenge champions Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.

Dorrans was one of a number of new recruits at the club this summer after completing his transfer from Norwich City and former Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson declared his capture ‘Scottish Football’s Key Summer Signing‘.

The 30-year-old still has plenty to offer and was joined by fellow newcomers Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, and Carlos Pena. Fabio Cardoso also joins from Vitoria Setubal as new boss Pedro Caixinha shaped his side ahead of the new campaign.

The midfielder made the perfect start to his Rangers career netting twice against Motherwell at Fir Park to seal three points for his new club. The Gers’ away form was inconsistent last season and an opening day victory on the road is the perfect start for the Portuguese coach. He challenged his players to produce similar performances across the remainder of the season.

Dorrans admitted it had always been his ambition to pull on a Rangers shirt and was visibly delighted to help guide his side to three points. Having scored as early as the fourth minute, he doubled his tally for the campaign with a second half penalty. Josh Windass twice rattled the woodwork as the Gers peppered the hosts’ goal throughout the 90 minutes.

Younger players in the side such as Alex Jack and the aforementioned Windass can learn plenty from featuring alongside the experienced Dorrans, who made 166 appearances for West Brom, helping guide them to promotion to the top flight in the process.

The midfielder is a hugely consistent performer and with commitments in both the cup and league arriving thick and fast, he’ll be getting plenty of game time over the next couple of weeks. Hibs are the first visitors to Ibrox in the top flight this season and Dorrans is likely to relish playing in front of a packed out home stadium. His performance wasn’t affected by the fact the club misspelt his name on the back of his shirt with ‘Doorans’ adorned on the reverse of his kit for the first 45 minutes against Motherwell.

Rangers can still be backed for the Premier League title at 12/1 in the Scottish football betting markets however the 5/6 available in the ‘Without Celtic’ market seems a more realistic way of backing the Blues considering Brendan Rodger’s side started their campaign with a 4-1 home win against Hearts.

Dorrans, who was born and bred in Glasgow, scored six times for Norwich last season and has already bagged a third of that total for his new club. His experience of playing at the top-level and his passion for the team are already beginning to shine through and Pedro Caixinha must continue to build the side around the playmaker. He isn’t renowned for being particularly injury prone but his fitness must also be managed throughout the season as he looks set to be a key cog in the Ranger’s squad. Plenty more goals are likely to follow.

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