Joe Dodoo insists that he has not taken a ‘step down’ in swapping Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers for League One’s bottom club Bolton Wanderers while seemingly taking a swipe at his former employers, in quotes reported by Bolton News.
Big things were expected of the Ghana-born striker when he left Leicester City for Rangers in the summer of 2016 with a debut hat-trick for the Foxes in an EFL Cup thrashing of Bury still fresh in the memory.
But Gers fans never saw the best of a forward who struggled for game time under Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty and Steven Gerrard. Dodoo didn’t play a single league game for the Glasgow giants once Warburton departed Ibrox in February 2017 and, after loan spells at Blackpool and Charlton, the 24-year-old saw his contract cancelled over the summer.
Dodoo has since been handed a fresh start at Bolton, who are odds-on for relegation and 19 points adrift of safety already in England’s third tier.
But he still feels he has made the right call joining a one-time Premier League stalwart while hinting that Rangers never really showed any confidence in his abilities.
“I think a lot of people forget the size of this club,” Dodoo, who describes himself as a ‘dynamic striker’ told Bolton News. “If you rewind a year and the club is in the Championship, we’re not sat here.
“Bolton are a big club and I don’t see this as any sort of step down.
“I’d rather be somewhere that I can achieve something with people who want to make me achieve, an environment that I benefit from. I feel like I have that here at Bolton.”
Reading between the lines, Dodoo clearly feels that he wasn’t particularly valued at Rangers and he might be right. Then again, it speaks volumes that four separate managers weren’t willing to give him a chance.
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