Dundee links show how far Rangers flop Graham Dorrans has fallen

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on August 04, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Graham Dorrans played just one Scottish Premiership game under Steven Gerrard at Rangers last season.

Graham Dorrans of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Remember when Graham Dorrans looked like a major coup for Rangers, a lifelong fan returning home to bring glory back to the blue half of Glasgow? Yep, 2017 has never seemed so far away.

After a prolonged transfer saga which appeared to rumble on all summer, the move Dorrans dreamt about ever since his childhood days on the Ibrox terraces came to fruition two years ago.

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Rangers paid £1.3 million to bring the experienced Scotland international north of the border from Norwich City, according to Sky Sports, and at the time this looked like exactly the sort of signing this fallen giant needed to reawaken their status as the nation's dominant force and help close the gap to Celtic at the top of the table.

 

It's fair to say few expected that just two years, three managers and no trophies later, Dorrans would find himself without a club and potentially on his way to Dundee

Injury-wrecked

A spate of serious injuries meant Dorrans’ Rangers dream quickly turned into a nightmare. He featured just three times during Steven Gerrard’s first season at the helm with only one of those coming in the Scottish Premiership.

Once Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo and Steven Davies arrived at Ibrox, it was clear that the boat had sailed.

Graham Dorrans of Rangers celebrates at full time  during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Two years after becoming one of Rangers’ most ambitious signings in years, Dorrans had his contract terminated and it seems that his career at the top level, either in England or Scotland, is on hold.

The BBC reports that Dundee, who were relegated from the Premiership after a dismal 2018/19 season, are interested with manager James McPake, who worked alongside Dorrans all those years ago in Livingston’s youth ranks, confirming that the rumours are indeed on the money.

"When a player like that pops up you'd be mad not to try and have a look at it," McPake said. "Would I like him? Absolutely, but I'm also very aware of the budget the board have already given me.

Arbroath, Dunfermline and Queen of the South in the second tier of Scottish football; this isn’t what Dorrans had in mind when he joined his boyhood club with ambitions of bringing glory back to Rangers.

Graham Dorrans of Rangers vies with Niall Keown of Partick Thistle during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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