Graham Dorrans

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Graham Dorrans
Graham Dorrans.jpg
Dorrans pictured in 2009
Personal information
Full name Graham Dorrans[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 10
Youth career
Rangers SABC[3]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Livingston 77 (16)
2005 Partick Thistle (loan) 15 (5)
2008–2015 West Bromwich Albion 166 (21)
2015 Norwich City (loan) 15 (3)
2015–2017 Norwich City 44 (6)
2017– Rangers 6 (5)
National team
2007 Scotland U20 5 (0)
2008 Scotland U21 5 (0)
2009– Scotland 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2015

Graham Dorrans (born 5 May 1987) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Scottish Premiership club Rangers and the Scotland national team.

He began his career at Scottish club Livingston, before joining English club West Bromwich Albion in 2008. In the 2009–10 season, he helped West Bromwich Albion gain promotion to the Premier League and was named in the Championship Team of the Year in the process. He signed for Norwich City in 2015.

Dorrans has represented Scotland at under-20, under-21 and senior levels. He was a member of the Scotland squad at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his senior international debut in October 2009.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Dorrans came from the Barlanark area of Glasgow and spent a period of his youth training with Scottish Premier League club Rangers. He began his career at Livingston. He spent the first half of the 2005–06 season on loan at Partick Thistle. He made 15 league appearances, scoring five goals, for the Glasgow side. Dorrans won the Scottish First Division Player's Player of the Year award at the end of the 2007–08 season.[4]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

After some good performances for Livingston during the 2007–08 season, Dorrans was approached by West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray. In January 2008, Dorrans agreed to join West Brom at the end of the season for £200,000.[5] At the end of the 2007–08 season, Dorrans won the Scottish First Division Players' Player of the Year award.[6] In July his move to Albion was completed, but for an initial £100,000, which could possibly rise to £150,000 depending on appearances.[7]

He made his debut in the English Premier League for West Bromwich Albion on 21 December 2008, coming on as a second-half substitute against Manchester City.[8] He was involved in Albion's first goal and won praise from Tony Mowbray after the game.[8] Towards the end of the 2008–09 season, Dorrans signed an extended contract with West Brom.[9] On 15 May, West Brom confirmed that Dorrans would be out for the rest of the season with a broken metatarsal bone.

He scored his first goal for West Brom in a League Cup tie at Bury on 11 August 2009. The 2009–10 season saw Dorrans break into the West Brom team and his performances led to reported interest from several Premier League clubs. On 4 January 2010, Dorrans signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal at the Baggies.[10] On 11 February the same year it was rumoured that Manchester City were ready to make a bid for Dorrans believed to be around £6 million.[11] He scored a 30-yard free kick against Preston North End on 21 March.[12] Dorrans was then named PFA fans' Championship player of the month for March 2010, following his impressive performances.[13]

In The Guardian on 20 March 2010, he was described as, "Composed, creative, combative and consistent, Dorrans is easily the best all-round midfielder seen at West Brom since Bryan Robson."[4] In April 2010 West Brom rejected an offer of £4 million from West Ham United for Dorrans, and a further £5 million bid on 8 July 2010.[14] It was during this period that it was disclosed that former Livingston owner Angelo Massone had waived the financially stricken club's right to 20% of Dorrans' next transfer fee in return for £50,000. It was speculated that the windfall from Dorrans' potential transfer could have solved their financial problems.[15] On 19 July 2010, Dorrans signed a new four-year deal with West Brom.[16]

Dorrans was made available for transfer by West Brom in January 2013, after he was left out of a matchday squad.[17] He had a "difficult start" to the 2013–14 season, during which he made 16 appearances.[18] Despite this, he played more under new Head Coach Pepe Mel, leading to Dorrans signing a three-year contract with West Brom in July 2014.[18]

Norwich City[edit]

In February 2015, Dorrans joined Norwich City on loan for a month,[19] which was later extended until the end of the 2014–15 season.[20] The move was made permanent on 27 May 2015, just a few days after Dorrans helped the side win promotion to the Premier League, via the Playoff Final.[21]

Rangers[edit]

On 6 July 2017, Dorrans moved from Norwich City to Rangers on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £1.3 million. He made his league debut for Rangers on 6 August 2017 and scored both goals in a 2–1 win over Motherwell.

International career[edit]

Dorrans represented Scotland at under-20 level and was selected for the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada.[22] As of May 2009, he had been selected five times for the Scotland national under-21 football team.[9] Dorrans was also selected for the Scotland B national football team in 2009, but withdrew due to injury.[9]

On 7 September 2009 Dorrans was called up for the first time for the senior squad to play the Netherlands in a crucial World cup qualifier. On 10 October 2009 he made his full Scotland debut in a friendly against Japan. Dorrans made his home debut for Scotland on 3 March 2010 in the 1–0 victory over the Czech Republic, earning the sponsors man of the match award for his efforts.

Dorrans has not often been picked for Scotland squads under the management of Gordon Strachan because they agreed he would not be selected if he was unlikely to play.[23] They reached this arrangement due to Dorrans suffering from personal problems, as his son died at birth and his daughter contracted meningitis.[24] Dorrans was recalled to the squad in October 2015, when other midfielders were unavailable.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 13 October 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Livingston 2004–05[26] Scottish Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2005–06[27] Scottish Premier League 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
2006–07[28] Scottish First Division 34 5 2 2 2 1 1[a] 0 39 8
2007–08[29] Scottish First Division 34 11 4 1 2 0 1[a] 0 41 12
Total 77 16 8 3 4 1 2 0 91 20
Partick Thistle (loan) 2005–06[27] Scottish Second Division 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09[30] Premier League 8 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
2009–10[31] Championship 45 13 4 3 3 2 52 18
2010–11[32] Premier League 21 1 1 0 3 0 25 1
2011–12[33] Premier League 31 3 2 0 2 0 35 3
2012–13[34] Premier League 26 1 1 0 1 0 28 1
2013–14[35] Premier League 14 2 0 0 2 0 16 2
2014–15[36] Premier League 21 1 1 0 0 0 22 1
Total 166 21 12 3 11 2 189 26
Norwich City (loan) 2014–15[36] Championship 15 3 0 0 0 0 3[b] 0 18 3
Norwich City 2015–16[37] Premier League 21 0 1 0 3 0 25 0
2016–17[38] Championship 23 6 0 0 1 0 24 6
Total 44 6 1 0 4 0 49 6
Rangers 2017–18[39] Scottish Premiership 9 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 5
Career total 324 56 21 6 20 3 0 0 5 0 370 65
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Graham Dorrans". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.wba.co.uk/team/player-profile/graham-dorrans/17
  3. ^ "SABC continue to create stars for the future". Youth Football Scotland. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "On song: West Brom's Graham Dorrans". The Guardian. London. 20 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "West Brom agree deal for Dorrans". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dorrans wins Division One award". BBC Sport. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "West Brom complete Dorrans deal". BBC Sport. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  8. ^ a b Lepkowski, Christopher. Dorrans impresses on debut for Baggies, Birmingham Mail, 22 December 2008.
  9. ^ a b c "Dorrans agrees new West Brom deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Graham Dorrans signs new West Bromwich Albion contract". BBC Sport. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  11. ^ "Manchester City plot surprise summer West Brom star Graham Dorrans". Daily Mail. London. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  12. ^ Graham Dorrans stars as West Bromwich do it hard way
  13. ^ "Dorrans is fans' favourite". Sky Sports. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  14. ^ "West Brom reject £4m West Ham bid for Graham Dorrans". BBC Sport. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  15. ^ "Livingston set to miss out on big money Graham Dorrans sell-on bonus". Daily Record. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/2010/07/19/graham-dorrans-signs-new-contract/
  17. ^ West Brom's Graham Dorrans told he can seek a new club, BBC Sport.
  18. ^ a b West Brom: Graham Dorrans agrees new three-year contract, BBC Sport.
  19. ^ "GRAHAM DORRANS SET TO JOIN ON LOAN". Norwich City Football Club. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "City Loan Dorrans Until End Of Season". Norwich City F.C. 26 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Freezer, David (27 May 2015). "Graham Dorrans joins Norwich City on permanent deal from West Brom". Eastern Daily Press. 
  22. ^ "SCOTLAND SQUAD FOR U20 WORLD CUP". Scottish Football Association. 8 June 2007. 
  23. ^ Greechan, John (27 May 2015). "Graham Dorrans set to join Norwich on permanent deal after Alex Neil resurrects his chance of a Scotland recall". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "Baggies' Graham Dorrans: I was close to quitting football". Express and Star. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  25. ^ "Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans earns Scotland recall". Eastern Daily Press. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 

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