Dundee are reportedly lining up a move for midfielder Graham Dorrans (Daily Record).
The former Premier League player recently left Ibrox after an injury-hit stint with the club. He only featured three times last year as he battled injury throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Some Rangers fans have sympathy for the midfielder. He is a great player on his day, but his fitness issues have stopped him from making an impact in Govan.
That being said, he’d be a terrific pickup for Dundee.
There are a few things the Dens Park side must be wary of if they offer Dorrans a deal though. First of all, his wage demands could be problematic.
According to a recent survey (Global Sports Salaries), Rangers pay their players an average of £8,972 per week. There’s a good chance Dorrans was on more than that, as when he arrived in 2017, he was a high profile signing.
He’ll have to drop his wages significantly if he moves to Tayside. This deal could come down to whether Dorrans is willing to take such a drop just to play football again.
Another problem is his fitness record. If the midfielder was fit every week for Dundee, he would be the best player in the division. Someone with over 140 Premier League games should be able to take the Scottish second tier by storm.
Overall he has featured 23 times over the past two seasons and has missed a total of 75 games through injury (Transfermarkt).
He would be on high wages in terms of Dundee’s wage bill. Can they afford to pay someone who’ll likely miss at least 10 games this campaign based on recent problems?
There’s no denying that Dorrans would be a big statement from the Dark Blues, but whether he is a gamble worth taking is another question.