By Richard Parks
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight that Graham Dorrans has returned to action after five months on the sidelines.
The club’s academy Twitter account revealed early on Wednesday afternoon that the midfielder had been named as an over-age player in the starting XI for the youth team against Brentford at the Glasgow giants’ training centre.
Dorrans was joined in the side by fit-again skipper Lee Wallace and fellow senior players Jak Alnwick, Andy Halliday and Lee Hodson.
???? We’ll have live updates from today’s match. pic.twitter.com/kiJfv4OJ07
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) March 14, 2018
Dorrans quickly became a fans’ favourite when he joined Gers last summer from Norwich and he was a mainstay of the team in the opening months of the campaign.
However, his season was wrecked as he suffered an ankle injury during the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock in October – Pedo Caixinha’s last match in charge – before going under the knife in December.
The 30-year-old hasn’t kicked a ball since but his selection against Brentford B is a major boost in the final months of the season.
Rangers fans took to social media to express their satisfaction that the goalscoring midfielder was back playing.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
How nice it is to see Dorrans name back on a team sheet hope he doesn’t pick up any knock. Also good luck to the rest of the young boys keep the momentum going. ????⚪️????
— Mackenzito (@Mackenzito94) March 14, 2018
I guess one of the important thing for us from this game is getting Dorrans some game time
— Cheryl (@gers_chick) March 14, 2018
— ???????? Jack Goodfellow ???????? (@JackGoodfellowX) March 14, 2018
Most important thing from this game is wallace and dorrans getting minutes in there legs and we should be getting them on against killie for 15 at the wkend all being well
Btw Brentford are winning 3-0 atm ???? pic.twitter.com/qVER1rYYDc
— chris graham (@chrisblue1982) March 14, 2018
Glad too see dorrans back playing today for the development squad can’t wait too see him back playing in the first team
— Craig Taylor (@craigtaylor_72) March 14, 2018
Dorrans! ???? https://t.co/03xauhKK7W
— Wee Georgie Boy (@weegeg12345) March 14, 2018
Wallace and Dorrans in the team does stuff to me https://t.co/P1rmcHFCqz
— SB (@StuartBarlass) March 14, 2018
Dorrans and Wallace starting for the 20s, great news
— Deri Thomson (@DeriThomson) March 14, 2018
In other Rangers news, the club have been given a huge quadruple boost ahead of their next SPL match.