Did Rangers discard 'awesome' Joe Dodoo too soon after more Bolton heroics?

head coach Steven Gerrard of Rangers FC looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group G match between BSC Young Boys and Rangers FC at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on October 3, 2019 in Bern,...

Joe Dodoo hadn't played a Scottish Premiership match in two years when Steven Gerrard's Rangers allowed him to join Bolton Wanderers on a free.

Joe Dodoo of Rangers challenges Mikael Lustig of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow,...

When Joe Dodoo’s Rangers career came to a rather belated end in September, his contract terminated days after the transfer window slammed shut, it was all too easy to bunch him alongside Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso, Joey Barton and co as one of the worst signings the club has made since their return to the top flight in 2016.

And there’s a reason for that. After all, Dodoo played 27 games in three years as a Rangers player, scoring just three Scottish Premiership goals with a succession of managers, Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty and then Steven Gerrard, preferring to farm him out rather than give him a run of games.


In fact, when Dodoo was officially released last month, it marked the two-year anniversary since his last appearance in the famous blue shirt with loan spells at Charlton and Blackpool meaning he spent as much time away from Ibrox as he did at the famous old ground.

Bolton Wanderers' Luke Murphy (left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal with team mate Joe Dodoo (right)  during the Sky Bet League One match between Bristol Rovers and Bolton...

But the now-24-year-old, who shot to fame with a hat-trick on his Leicester City debut all the way back in 2015, is finally making up for lost time after returning south of the border on a permanent basis.

Barely an eyebrow was raised when Dodoo joined crisis-club Bolton Wanderers on a free. But it speaks volumes that The Trotters have picked up four points in just the three games since he joined compared to three in the nine games beforehand.

Dodoo made an immediate impact against Rochdale in only his second appearance, setting up a goal with a dazzling run and pinpoint cross. And he was real nuisance once again as Bolton, at the 12th time of asking, finally won their first game of the season against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.

The Bolton fans already have a new hero with Dodoo breathing fresh life into their hopes of a remarkable escape from relegation.

Yes, he has a habit of starting well and fading fast but if Dodoo can keep this up, he will leave Rangers fans everywhere wondering whether a player who promised so much was discarded too soon.

Bolton Wanderers' Joe Dodoo controlling the ball during the Sky Bet Leauge One match between Bristol Rovers and Bolton Wanderers at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2019 in Bristol, England.

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