After discussing Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter earlier, when we say the name Dorrans, we cannot help wonder what might have been with this lad. We know he has/had talent, but barely 20 appearances in two seasons at Ibrox tells its own tale of what a disaster this signing turned into.
And yet, since his move to Dundee, Graham Dorrans has started all 7 matches the Dee have had from the 21st of September (he joined a day earlier) to present day.
He’s lasted 90 minutes in 5 of them.
Just why-oh-why has he been able to easily maintain the second longest run of matches of his career since joining Rangers (managed 11 in a row at the start when Pedro signed him) the moment he leaves?
Literally not a blip on his record, and by all accounts playing very well – by default one of the best players in the Championship.
Why-oh-why did Rangers not see this?
He was surely the right man at the right club – he’s one of us. And yet despite numerous glimpses of his talent, it’s Dundee who get to see the best of him during his twilight years and don’t be shocked if Steve Clarke takes a look should the form persist for the next few months. He and his predecessors have resorted to the best of the Championship more than once in recent years.
Rangers spent a fortune on Dorrans, both in fees and wages and of course in huge medical bills too including flights overseas and down south to see specialists, and got nothing in return.
Dundee get him on a free (Rangers once again having had to pay the attacking midfielder off) and hey presto fit as a fiddle.
Some might try to argue the Championship is less physical than the SPL and he’s just benefited from that, but Rangers having spent two seasons in it not long ago would know fine well just how your Colin Hamiltons treated Nathan Oduwa and the like – it’s a division even more brutal than the SPL, so that one doesn’t exactly wash either.
We should emphasise this isn’t a smear attack on the player, we really do wish him the best and wish it had worked out at Ibrox for him given his clear talent.
His-now fitness just doesn’t add up, to us.