Rangers midfielder Graham Dorrans has returned to the Light Blues’ starting XI for the first time since October for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Motherwell – and it’s like having a new signing available for the Gers.
Dorrans hasn’t been available for the Gers since before Pedro Caixinha’s sacking and will make his first appearance under Graeme Murty, as confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account.
⚽️ TEAM NEWS: Graham Dorrans makes his first appearance of 2018 in today's return to league action against Motherwell at Fir Park. pic.twitter.com/mkg6EkC3zP
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 31, 2018
The former Scotland international was a huge part of the side before injury sidelined him and Murty has found it difficult to replace the former Norwich midfielder in the starting XI.
The 30-year-old scored five times and chipped in with three assists in 13 appearances for the Gers in the opening part of the season and will give Murty’s side a new attacking dimension from central midfield as well as bringing some much-needed experience to the middle of the park.
With Ross McCrorie on the bench and Jordan Rossiter returning to fitness, the Gers have a much stronger midfield available than even a few weeks ago and Dorrans being back should put the Gers in a position to make a strong end to the campaign.
Having the 30-year-old back for Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic in a fortnight should give the Ibrox giants a better chance of booking their place in the final and taking a step towards ending their seven-year wait for a major trophy.