Graham Dorrans has revealed he did not speak to Steven Gerrard prior to his Rangers exit, according to comments picked up by The Express.
The midfielder was released by the Gers last month and was quickly snapped up by Dundee and has decided to open up on why he left Ibrox.
“It was tough but I had to get out and play football. I’m 32 and I’ve got ambitions to play as high as possible. It was never easy to leave but it was the right decision,” he said.
“As much as it was a tough decision to leave Rangers it wasn’t really. I want to be back playing football and enjoying it. I’ve missed a lot of games through injuries and missed the buzz of playing football.”
When asked if he had spoken to Gerrard before the switch, he replied: “No.”
Although it certainly did not come as a surprise to see Dorrans leave Rangers this summer, what is, perhaps, alarming is that his relationship with Gerrard appeared to be non-existant as he was packing his bags.
The 32-year-old played just three times for the Light Blues under the Liverpool legend’s guidance totalling just 88 minutes of action (Transfermarkt), although that might down to the sheer fact that he was on the sidelines for 88 matches because of various injuries he sustained.
Indeed, it was not a surprise to see him go as he was omitted from the Gers’ pre-season squad of Portugal which led to suggestions he was not needed at Ibrox anymore, whilst his place in the pecking order would have fallen significantly with the arrivals of Joe Aribo, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara this summer.
However, the fact that Gerrard and Dorrans did not speak to each other, perhaps, suggests there were other reasons at play as to why the midfielder needed to leave Ibrox, if not just for first-team football.
Although Dorrans managed to make 23 appearances for the Ibrox outfit, providing them with five goals and four assists (Transfermarkt), there was never enough evidence to suggest that he was going to be a crucial part of Gerrard’s team moving forward.
However, it would appear as though there was a falling out of some sort as the two did not exchange words prior to his Dundee switch. Indeed, it will be interesting if anything further was to be made of it.
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