'A demanding place' - Rangers outcast opens up on time at Ibrox after temporary exit
Rangers striker Joe Dodoo has admitted Ibrox is a “demanding place” after sealing a temporary exit to Blackpool on a season-long loan deal.
The former Leicester striker has struggled to hold a regular place at Ibrox since arriving in 2016 and will spend the next 12 months at Bloomfield Road trying to re-establish himself.
The 22-year-old admitted he was looking to “bring the same feeling and mentality” to Blackpool as they look to win promotion to the Championship after missing out last term.
“It’s a demanding place, where you have to win, but that’s the same for all the clubs I’ve been at,” Dodoo said, as quoted by the Blackpool Gazette.
“I’m hoping to bring the same feeling and mentality here to win things and achieve great things with the club.”
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Dodoo made a bright start at Ibrox but could never establish himself under a succession of managers at the Gers. A failed loan spell at Charlton last season didn’t do him many favours and it would likely be best for all involved that it becomes a permanent move away. At 22, Dodoo can still go on an have a good career but it isn’t going to be at Ibrox – regardless of how well he does at Blackpool. Bringing the striker to Ibrox was worth the gamble after his Leicester deal ran out but, for whatever reasons, it just hasn’t worked out. After only costing the Gers around £250,000 in training compensation then it isn’t a massive blow that it hasn’t happened for Dodoo at Ibrox. He won’t be the last young player to come to Scotland and try to prove himself but never quite live up to expectation and he will have learned plenty in the process.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.