Why Rangers parting ways with Graham Dorrans looks like a fair settlement
According to the Daily Record, Kilmarnock recently made an audacious approach to sign out-of-favour Rangers star Graham Dorrans on loan before the transfer deadline. And if a short report from the BBC is to be believed, it looks like the player’s exit has been confirmed.
The 32-year-old Scotsman has been deemed surplus to requirements at Ibrox, with Gers boss Steven Gerrard making it clear that the veteran is likely to find his first-team opportunities limited if he wishes to stay put at the club. (h/t Daily Record)
Kilmarnock aren’t the only club to have been credited with an interest in the central midfielder, with the same report claiming that the former West Brom star also has some loan offers on the table from several English League One clubs.
Killie manager Angelo Alessio used his Italian connections to sign centre-back Dario Del Fabro on loan from Juventus earlier in the week and the Daily Record understands that he has now set his sights on bringing Dorrans to Rugby Park on a season-long loan deal.
A youth product of Scottish club Livingston, Dorrans caught the eye as a promising youngster with his stellar performances at his boyhood club before earning a move south of the border with then Premier League outfit West Brom in January 2008.
The central midfielder went on to enjoy an illustrious and distinguished career with the Baggies in the Premier League, earning rave reviews for his creative as well as combative style of play in the middle of the park.
Dorrans amassed an impressive tally of 26 goals and 32 assists in 189 appearances for the West Midlands outfit in all competitions and had a spell at Norwich City before moving back to his homeland to join Rangers in the summer of 2017.
The versatile central midfielder started his career at Ibrox on a promising note and scored 5 goals in 16 league appearances in his first season before a serious ankle injury against Kilmarnock thwarted his progress.
And things have clearly gone downhill for the veteran since the arrival of Gerrard last year, with the midfielder making just three appearances in all competitions for the Gers in the previous campaign.
The likes of Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Steven Davies have all impressed with their performances in the opening stages of the ongoing campaign, whilst new signing Joe Aribo has also endeared himself to the hearts of the fans with some top-notch displays in the Europa League qualifiers.
Additionally, Rangers can also afford to rely on players like Andy Halliday and Greg Docherty, as well as new loan signing Andy King, for a role in the middle of the park, further justifying Gerrard’s hesitancy to use Dorrans regularly.
With that in mind, the 32-year-old’s future at Ibrox looks bleak, to be honest, and a loan move to Kilmarnock could help him get his career back on track after a rather quiet last couple of years.
Given that the Gers are already well-stocked in the central midfield department, Dorrans is likely to find it hard to displace some of the regular names on the teamsheet and a loan to Rugby Park looks like a good solution for all parties involved.
The move, if it materializes, would see Dorrans follow the likes of Ross McCrorie, Glen Middleton, Jordan Rossiter, Jan Alnwick and Eduardo Herrera into the club’s loan army.
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All in all, Rangers parting ways with the 32-year-old could prove to be a fair settlement, as Gerrard looks to trim his squad before the deadline.