Joe Dodoo stakes claim for Rangers first-team recall with brilliant U23 display

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers forward Joe Dodoo has just returned to Ibrox after a disappointing loan spell.

Joe Dodoo of Rangers reacts during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Of all the players who Rangers loaned out during the summer, Joe Dodoo was perhaps one of the ones who did not leave the Ibrox faithful ruing the club's decision to let him go.

Dodoo headed for League One side Charlton Athletic, and unfortunately, his time with the Addicks never really got going. He would therefore be forgiven for feeling that his career is at something of a crossroads right now after he was selected for the under-20 side's clash with Falkirk rather than be involved in the first-team's tour of Florida.


Patrick Roberts of Celtic   vies with Joe Dodoo of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow,...

And while Graeme Murty may be concentrating on what the players he is currently working with are doing, there is surely no doubt that Dodoo's display would have done his chances of earning a first-team recall no harm at all.

The winger provided Rangers' biggest threat during the first-half. The former Leicester City starlet gave the opponents constant headaches when he was running with the ball and he came close to breaking the deadlock as one of his impressive runs ended with him hitting the post.

He did open the scoring in the second-half in a game that Rangers would go on to win 2-1. The performance on its own may not bring him too far onto Murty's radar, but the signs are definitely positive.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gers fans have seen what Dodoo can be capable of. His most notable contribution came in November 2016 when he scored twice with 10 minutes to go - including a stoppage-time winner - to help the side come from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at Partick Thistle. Unfortunately, the fact that it is probably the display that stands out by quite some distance tells its own story.

But perhaps his performance for the under-20s just hints that there may be the slightest chance for Dodoo to prove at some point down the line that he can be a success in the Scottish Premiership.

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