Steven Gerrard looks to be giving Graham Dorrans one more chance to prove himself, but he should be out the door in the summer no matter how well he plays in the last few weeks of the season.
Football Insider reported earlier this month that Rangers were ready to terminate his contract by mutual consent after a season marred by a serious knee injury, but recent comments by the Rangers manager suggests he’ll assess how the 31-year-old performs in the coming games.
He told the Gers’ official website: “We will look to try and get him some minutes in a reserve game coming up and then we will analyse him, probably in a week’s time to see where he is at.”
That seems far from Gerrard giving up on the Scot, but it seems like he’s not being ruthless enough ahead of the summer. Dorrans has played just three games all season and it’s not like he’s got many more years left in his legs. Gerrard should cut ties and put his faith in the youth instead.
To create a dynasty at Ibrox, young players must be replacing injury-prone 30-odd-year-olds, and keeping players for too long sends the wrong message to the youth team. He’s got one year left on his contract, so it might be expensive to cut it short, but the long-term gain would mean more.
It’s great that Dorrans is starting to get fit again, but, sadly for him, the time where he should be rushed back into the starting 11 have gone. It’s a big summer for Gerrard at Rangers and he needs to sign young talent capable of taking Celtic all the way in the title race.
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