Date: 30th January 2019 at 12:45pm
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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that midfielder Graham Dorrans has returned to first-team training and is hungry to make it back into his matchday squads.

Dorrans has been absent since September and prior to that also missed much of the 2017/18 season through injury.

In total he’s managed to make just 23 appearances so far in his Rangers career after being signed by Pedro Caixinha 18 months ago.

Gerrard though is hopeful he can eventually make an impact.

As quoted by STV, the Ibrox boss said:

Graham’s training today for the first time with the team, which is great for us.We’ll be patient with him because he’s missed a lot of football and been out for a long time.

Graham’s been to every one of our games. He’s followed the team, he’s very interested and he’s desperate to get back which is also good to see from a manager’s point of view.

The challenge for Graham now is can he get himself fit and match-sharp. Then can he come in to push the lads in the starting 11 and in the squad of 18.

Competition in the middle of the park is stronger than ever in recent years at Ibrox, with the arrival of Steven Davis ramping up what’s expected of other midfielders.

Ross McCrorie also appears to be relishing his defensive midfield role, with Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield mainstays in Gerrard’s side.

Where that leaves Dorrans is unknown but the fact he is an option again is a major boost considering his experience and quality.

I hope to see him in a Rangers shirt again soon.