Graeme Murty: Rangers star must understand this after long-term lay-off
Rangers manager Graeme Murty insists Gers midfielder Graham Dorrans needs to understand that he sees the game “differently” from predecessor Pedro Caixinha after the midfielder returned to action after six months out injured.
The midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw with Motherwell on his comeback as he made his first appearance for the Gers under Murty.
The Gers boss admitted he was “not averse” to using Dorrans further up the pitch – despite Dorrans playing in a defensive midfield role against the Steelmen.
“What Graham has to understand is I see the game differently from Pedro Caixinha. I’m not averse to playing him further up the pitch,” Murty said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“He was really good against Motherwell yesterday. He’s going to get sharper but it was a credit to his professionalism that he lasted 90 minutes.”
Dorrans has scored five times in 14 appearances since his summer move from Norwich City and has been an integral player for the Ibrox giants.
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Football Insider verdict:
It’s clear Murty and Caixinha are very different in their view of football with Murty being much more pragmatic than the deposed Portuguese. Hopefully Murty uses Dorrans further forward sooner rather than later as the former Scotland international is wasted playing in a defensive role. The 30-year-old is going to have a big part to play over the final weeks of the season as the Gers try to secure second in the Scottish Premiership and reach the Scottish Cup final. Getting 90 minutes against Motherwell will do Dorrans a world of good as he returns from six months on the sidelines.