Alex Neil's 2016 warning does not bode well for Rangers' Graham Dorrans pursuit

Graham Dorrans of Norwich City celebrates after scoring their second goal

This is not the first time Rangers have been linked with a move for Dorrans, although Pedro Caixinha's side could struggle to bring the midfielder to Ibrox based on the former Norwich City boss' comments.

Graham Dorrans of Norwich City celebrates after scoring their second goalNorwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans (left)

Alex Neil's 2016 warning does not bode well for Rangers' Graham Dorrans pursuit.

Rangers are said to be tracking the Norwich City midfielder ahead of a possible summer move [Scottish Sun].

But this is not the first time the Scottish giants have been linked with a move for Dorrans - a lifelong Gers fan - with Ibrox interest also alleged last year, shortly after Norwich were relegated to the Championship.

At the time, the 29-year-old had only a year to run on his Carrow Road deal. Nevertheless, his then manager Neil told the Scottish Sun: "There has been no interest in Graham - and Rangers won’t be able to afford him anyway."

In that regard, Rangers' chances have arguably gotten worse over the past 11 months, with Dorrans signing a three-year extension shortly after.

Not to mention the fact that Dorrans, when fit, has been a near ever present under both Neil and Alan Irvine, the 35-year-old's temporary successor.

Norwich City manager Alex NeilFormer Norwich City manager Alex Neil

While the Scotland international's allegiance could still count for something, Norwich continue to hold the cards.

And persuading them to part with a midfielder who's scored six goals in 21 outings this season is likely to require more than sentiment on Rangers' part.

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