By Richard Parks
Graham Dorrans is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury, according to a club insider.
The Four Lads Had a Dream blog, which has been a very reliable source of Gers news in recent months, claimed on their Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that the key midfielder will be out until the end of June with the injury sustained in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Aberdeen.
Graham Dorrans injury isn’t as bad as first feared last night. Looking at 4-6 weeks out, so hopefully back for majority of pre season and get him fit
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) May 9, 2018
Caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl confirmed that Dorrans, 31, had left the ground on crutches after breaking down in the second half of the Pittodrie clash.
“It looks like knee ligaments, so he [Dorrans] is away with the walking sticks. It’s not looking great for Graham for the weekend,” Nicholl said, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
Football Insider verdict:
The Four Lads update means Dorrans will miss Sunday’s clash against Hibernian at Ibrox, a must-win encounter if Rangers are to finish second ahead of Aberdeen, who are pitted against Celtic. The central midfielder will also be absent for the start of Steven Gerrard’s reign as manager. The Liverpool icon officially takes over at the start of June, and will preside over pre-season preparations beginning next month as the club aim to qualify for the Europa League group stage. Dorrans will be shattered at missing the opportunity to make an impression on the new boss. In truth, it has been a wretched campaign for the 11-times Scotland international since he joined from Norwich City last summer. He has been limited to just 20 appearances in all competitions and is beginning to develop a reputation of being injury prone. The Gers have had little luck in central midfield, with Jordan Rossiter and Ryan Jack also suffering from serious injuries. Buying a reliable central midfielder must be one of Gerrard’s priorities.