By James Black
Former Rangers star Bobby Russell believes Graham Dorrans was one of Rangers’ “better signings” over the summer – and tipped the 30-year-old to take his goal tally to “double figures”.
Dorrans fulfilled a boyhood dream when he completed a £1.35million move to Ibrox in July and Russell is confident the former Norwich mainstay can drive Pedro Caixinha’s side on this season.
Since joining the Gers, senior player Dorrans has scored four times and has quickly become an integral part of Caixinha’s side as he anchors the Light Blues midfield alongside Ryan Jack.
A debut double against Motherwell and strikes against Partick Thistle and Hamilton have been a welcome return from the former Scotland international as the Gers look to win their first major trophy since 2011.
Russell – who spent 10 years at Ibrox in the 1970s and 1980s – is convinced Dorrans can add to that tally and hit double figures for the Gers this season.
“He has got four goals so far and that is not a bad return from a midfield player,” Russell said, as quoted by The Herald.
“If he can keep that going then he will get double figures, which is good.
“You do need a quota of goals coming from other areas of the team and Graham is someone who can supply that.
“As a midfield player, I don’t think you set targets of how many goals you want to get in a season.
He added: “He was one of the better signings in my eyes. He has played at the highest level in England and he has played for Scotland as well.”
Dorrans has captained the Light Blues in the absence of Lee Wallace and will likely retain the armband when Caixinha’s side return to action on Friday night against St. Johnstone.
Both sides are level on points, with the Gers leading on goal difference, and will be desperate for three points to close the gap on leaders Celtic and Aberdeen.
Caixinha’s side currently sit in third place in the Scottish Premiership and trail Celtic and Aberdeen by six points ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
The Glasgow giants also have a Scottish League Cup semi-final later this month at Hampden against Motherwell.