Two Alternatives For Rangers If They Fail To Sign Graham Dorrans
The former West Brom man, who supported Rangers as a boy, is the club’s top target during this transfer window but his signing is far from guaranteed, with Norwich unlikely to be too open to letting go of a key player, with promotion to the Premier League on their agenda.
So who will Rangers go for, if Dorrans is no longer on the table? Here we look at two alternatives.
Kevin McDonald (Fulham)
McDonald is a much underrated player who had a great season with Fulham in the English Championship. In 45 appearances in the second tier for the club who missed out on the play-off final at Wembley by the narrowest of margins, McDonald managed 3 goals and 3 assists.
His pass completion rate of almost 86% in a hectic division is outstanding – something Rangers would greatly benefit from. His 2 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game show he has sound defensive qualities and rarely gives the ball away. Averaging almost 67 passes per game, McDonald keeps the ball moving too and does not let the game stagnate.
At 28-years of age, McDonald is right at his peak as a midfield player right now and so if Rangers plan to bag him, now would be the time. The former Dundee, Burnley, Sheffield United and Wolves player has come a long way in the last couple of years and may be available for a really low sum.
Alexandros Tziolis (free agent)
At 32, the Hearts midfielder can hardly be considered as one for the future. However, he would be available on a free transfer and would represent a very solid short to medium term option.
Spells at Panathinaikos, Monaco and PAOK Saloniki mean Tziolis has played at a good level and now that he knows the Scottish Premiership, he would fit in easily at Ibrox. Tziolis has played 63 times for his country and that sort of experience shouldn’t be easily overlooked, but just 19 appearances for Hearts means he is desperate for more action.
Rangers would certainly provide that for him, and despite not being a player who would necessarily sell many season tickets, Tziolis would no doubt go about his business quietly and efficiently until a younger, better player becomes available.