With Joe Garner out for the next month, a place has been vacated along the front three. Mckay has been playing well recently and will likely keep his spot on the left flank. Kenny Miller is always useful but at 37 is unable to sustain a high level of performance week in week out and Martyn Waghorn can be frustratingly inconsistent.
It’s surely time for summer signing Joseph Dodoo to be given a sustained run in the team.
Having arrived with an exciting reputation, Dodoo, for reasons unknown, has failed to secure a starting spot in the team. To date he has only started 2 league games (3 in total). This isn’t a fair chance for any player to be judged on.
At 21, its time to see what the boy can do on a regular basis. With one of the longest running contracts at the club, Dodoo penned to Ibrox for four years until 2020, so was obviously brought in with the view to being a long term acquisition. The long term outlook is fine but you can see he looks hungry to play now.
One thing you can say about him is that he is definitely an IMPACT player. On his senior debut for Leicester City, he scored a hatrick and assisted another in a 4-1 win against Bury in the League Cup. Similarly, it only took him 30 minutes to get off the mark on his Rangers debut away to East Stirlingshire. On his first start at Ibrox, he netted and assisted in a 5-0 win over Peterhead.
It was at Fir Hill in November when his ability really caught fans attention. After a front three of Garner, Forrester and Miller toiled trying to break down a sturdy Thistle defence, Dodoo was introduced.
With 10 minutes to go, Dodoo hit the equaliser with a terrific right foot volley – the technique sublime. Not happy with getting just the one, Dodoo turned his attention to the other side of the box and slotted home the winner in stoppage time.
It’s hard to remember the last time any player single headedly won us all three points in such a way. Rangers is all about taking the game by the scruff of the neck and that’s what Jo did in this match.
Dodoo was rewarded for his goals with a start in the next match away to Tyncastle. With poor service from the midfield, he struggled to get in the game in the first half. Not long after the re-start, the ball set up for Dodoo again and he struck another fantastic volley into the bottom corner. Unfortunately, Harry Forrester had naively strayed into offside territory. Again, Jo looked like the only proper goal threat in this match. Forrester was again Dodoo’s nemesis in the Old Firm with Jo making a great run only for Harry to go it himself.
He was an unused sub the next week and hasn’t started a game since. Warburton has an annoying tendency this season to drop players just as they are hitting a run of good form.
From what we’ve seen, Dodoo looks quick, versatile and confident. Aspects of his game are obviously still raw but these won’t be matured until he is given a starting jersey. Even Jordan Rossiter has started more games. Dodoo has more goals than Joe Garner and more assists than Andy Halliday.
Every player deserves a chance to get a run of games and it’s hard to prove yourself coming off the bench every week. The club paid Leicester £250’000 for his services, which isn’t peanuts in our current status, so let’s get some value back.
Dodoo was offered a new deal with Leicester but joined Warburton at Rangers instead. His decision has yet to be justified. Now is his chance to step up in the second half of the season.
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