'Ruthless' - Exclusive: McNamara suggests ex-Rangers ace 'Bitter' with Gerrard after exit claim

Jackie McNamara has suggested that Graham Dorrans is bitter with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard after lifting the lid on his departure from Rangers this summer.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that it is strange that the 11-cap midfielder has spoken out about leaving the Glasgow giants on a free transfer at the end of the summer transfer window.

Dorrans revealed that he had not spoken to Gerrard before departing Ibrox, insisting that it was not too difficult a decision to move as he looked for regular game time.

McNamara insists that Gerrard needs to be ruthless with his decisions and that getting Dorrans off the books was one of those scenarios, suggesting the new Dundee player is not happy with his former manager.

Asked about the 32-year-old’s comments, McNamara told Football Insider: “It’s a bit strange but you don’t normally hear what usually happens when players move or whatever. From that side, maybe he’s a little bit bitter about it.

“He (Gerrard) need to be ruthless to win, that is his main objective, to win games. I don’t think that will be his concern. Different managers have different styles on how to manage players. On that side, they’ll be thinking about winning every game and trying to catch Celtic.”

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The former West Brom and Norwich Star only managed to play 23 times for Rangers during his time in Glasgow, scoring five goals and chipping in with a further four assists.

However, of those appearances only three came last season, playing in the Premiership twice and in the League Cup once as a knee injury plagued his campaign from start to finish.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that one signing this year has been an absolute “steal” for Gerrard.