By Harvey Byrne
New Rangers signing Joe Dodoo has warned his fellow strikers that he has no intention of sitting on the bench after joining from Leicester this summer.
The 21-year-old rejected a contract offer from the Premier League champions in order to move north to Glasgow, and he marked his first appearance off the bench with a goal in Friday’s 3-0 League Cup win against East Stirling.
The youngster could be in line to make his first start when Rangers round off their Group F schedule against Stranraer on Monday night, but the forward faces competition from Martyn Waghorn, Kenny Miller, Barrie McKay and Michael O’Halloran for a starting berth.
“I’ve come to play. I’m here to work hard for my place. That’s the same for everybody coming in, they have to put the effort in. Nobody signs up and goes straight into the team,” said Dodoo to Sky Sports.
“You have to work hard everyday and compete with your team-mates and see if you can get the nod to start.”
The attacker made one league appearance for Leicester last season, as they stunned the football world to lift the Premier League title.
The former England Under-18 international also starred for Claudio Ranieri’s side in the Capital One Cup, and notched an impressive hat-trick against Bury, the club he would later join on a one-month loan deal.
The Ibrox club have been busy this summer after winning promotion back to Scotland’s top-flight and along with Dodoo, Mark Warburton has brought in eight other players to the club including experienced pair Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton.
In other Rangers team news, Gers manager Mark Warburton insists that the current squad at his disposal is well equipped for the new season.