Caixinha reveals he has told 22-year-old to fight for Rangers stay
By Harvey Byrne
Manager Pedro Caixinha has revealed he has told young forward Joe Dodoo to fight for his Rangers stay this summer.
The 22-year-old left-winger made the switch to Ibrox last summer from then Premier League champions Leicester for a £250,000 development fee.
He competed in 25 matches in all competitions during his debut campaign in Glasgow, returning five goals and three assists, but just nine of those appearances have came under Caixinha.
He has not yet made an appearance in the 2017-18 season and Caixinha has claimed he has told Dodoo to put up a battle for his position and an opportunity.
“Joe is still with us and he’s training with the group,” told Caixinha as quoted by the Scottish Herald.
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“He’s spent a lot of time injured especially in the period when we had the friendly games. But he’s back now and he’s getting his levels. We’ll see where the market leads us.
“I’ve told him he still has a chance here. I’ve said to him that it’s more up to him than me. He’s back with us and he has to fight for his position and an opportunity.”
Rangers have brought in as many as nine new players this summer, including forwards Eduardo Herrera, Alfredo Morelos, Daniel Candeias and Dalcio, who are all limiting Dodoo’s playing time.
However, given the club have so far started the new season poorly, suffering a humiliation early knockout from the Europa League alongside suffering a defeat and a draw alongside a win in their first three league matches Caixinha may look to hand Dodoo a fresh chance if he remains past the summer deadline.
Rangers’ next match will see them take on Ross County next Sunday afternoon.
In other Rangers news, Michael Ball sent a strong message to Caixinha after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Hearts.