Graham Dorrans: This is what helped me return for Rangers after 6 months out
Rangers midfielder Graham Dorrans has revealed that he tried to keep himself involved in meetings and regularly watched training during his six month injury layoff – and admitted it helped with his return from injury which kept home out for so long.
Dorrans was crocked in Pedro Caixinha’s final game in charge before returning in the recent clash with Motherwell as the Gers look to secure second place in the Scottish Premiership.
The 30-year-old has revealed that remaining “in the loop” despite being out injured has helped him understand how Murty wants his side to play as he returns to action.
“It has been good under the gaffer. I hadn’t played under him because of my last game before the injury was Kilmarnock, which also happened to be the previous manager’s final game,” Dorrans told RangersTV, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Being involved with the boys again has been great, getting back out on the training pitch and seeing how the gaffer works, how his training is and what his philosophies are.
“It has been good for me but I have tried to keep myself involved in the meetings and watch training so I know what he wants from the boys.
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“I have also been to all the games, home and away, to watch them and see how he works.
“I hadn’t trained with him and I hadn’t played with him. I knew him from being at Norwich City and from being in charge of the Development Squad here but it’s different when someone steps up and becomes the manager.
“He implements how he wants us to play and what he wants from the boys. Keeping in the loop with that by watching training and going to all the meetings has been good for me.”
Dorrans joined the Light Blues from Norwich last summer – where he briefly crossed paths with Murty who was an Under-18s coach at Carrow Road before heading north in 2016 – and has made 15 appearances for the Gers, scoring five times.
The former West Brom ace is almost certain to start for Murty’s side on Sunday when they face Celtic at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Football Insider verdict:
Dorrans has come across as nothing but a model pro since joining the Gers and this just adds further weight to that. The 30-year-old is a key player for Graeme Murty’s side and has been a big miss after his injury in October. Although he’s not been at his best since returning, it will take a bit of time for him to get up to match fitness after six months out. Certain to be an important part of the side next season and will be desperate to end his debut campaign at Ibrox with Scottish Cup success.