Rangers are set to welcome St Johnstone to Ibrox on Saturday afternoon with every hope of closing the gap on league leaders Celtic.
Ahead of the fixture, Steven Gerrard delivered a fresh injury update to the press and suggested both Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty are doubts for the clash, but the biggest frustration for supporters concerned Graham Dorrans.
Gerrard also confirmed that Dorrans, who is yet to make an SPFL start this season, has suffered a fresh setback in his bid to return from injury.
SG: Defoe is a doubt, Lafferty is a doubt. Goldson is fine. Grezda is still a little bit away. Murphy has started kicking balls but he won’t be back until the last few games of the season. Dorrans has had a setback but we are not sure to the extent of it just yet.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 15, 2019
The Scotland international has been sidelined with a knee injury for the majority of the campaign so far, and his anonymous presence is starting to frustrate supporters.
Indeed, plenty of the Gers faithful called for the 31-year-old to leave the club after learning of his latest setback, with his injury plagued season provoking fans to claim he’s finished at the club.
Despite making a bright start to life at Ibrox in 2017, the injury problems he has suffered since suggest he will struggle to return to the level of performance which preceded his long term absence, and with his 32nd birthday looming on the horizon it’s easy to understand why fans are beginning to write him off.
Here’s what the Rangers fans had to say in response to Gerrard’s injury update:
Dorrans is finished.
— Ally Macleod (@AllyButtons) February 15, 2019
Give Dorrans his jotters he’s injured more than Owen Hargreaves
— Lewis Simpson (@LewisSimpsonrfc) February 15, 2019
Dorrans needs to go, sitting back taking up a wage! What is the latest setback now!! Split a hair or something! To me he doesn’t have the heart to play for Rangers, Obviously he is finished, get his contract released
— Craig Houston (@Houstyboy) February 15, 2019
Dorans a disaster since we signed him like Jordan rossiter
— kobeyashi maru (@DinMehboob) February 15, 2019
Pena has contributed more than Dorrans and Rossiter truth be told.
— McColl (@broxi78) February 15, 2019
— Sasa’s Left Peg (@LewisMitchell92) February 15, 2019
Get Dorrans out the door man another waste of time
— AC (@crwa93) February 15, 2019
It’s a shame as he obviously has talent and is a bear like the rest of us, we can’t afford the luxury of passengers who aren’t contributing though. Hopefully he gets through this and can start to repay the club for the faith we’ve shown.
— Grant Hendry (@gwhendry) February 15, 2019