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Graham Dorrans (born 5 May 1987) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Dundee.

Graham Dorrans
Graham Dorrans.jpg
Dorrans in 2009
Personal information
Full name Graham Dorrans[1]
Date of birth (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dundee
Number 14
Youth career
Rangers SABC[3]
2000–2005 Livingston[4]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Livingston 77 (16)
2005Partick Thistle (loan) 15 (5)
2008–2015 West Bromwich Albion 166 (21)
2015Norwich City (loan) 15 (3)
2015–2017 Norwich City 44 (6)
2017–2019 Rangers 17 (5)
2019– Dundee 0 (0)
National team
2007 Scotland U20 5 (0)
2008 Scotland U21 5 (0)
2009–2015 Scotland 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:42, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2015

He began his football 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, and then moved to Rangers in 2017.

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 full international debut for Scotland in October 2009, and has made 12 international appearances in total.

Club careerEdit

LivingstonEdit

Dorrans came from the Barlanark area of Glasgow[5] and spent a period of his youth training with Scottish Premier League club Rangers. He began his career at Livingston,[4] emerging through the ranks alongside future international teammate Robert Snodgrass. 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.[6]

West Bromwich AlbionEdit

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.[4] At the end of the 2007–08 season, Dorrans won the Scottish First Division Players' Player of the Year award.[7] In July his move to Albion was completed, but for an initial £100,000, which could possibly rise to £150,000 depending on appearances.[8]

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.[9] He was involved in Albion's first goal and won praise from Tony Mowbray after the game.[9] Towards the end of the 2008–09 season, Dorrans signed an extended contract with West Brom.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] He scored a 30-yard free kick against Preston North End on 21 March.[citation needed] 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."[6] 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 CityEdit

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]

RangersEdit

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. Dorrans injured an ankle in a match against Kilmarnock on 25 October, and the injury subsequently required surgery.[22] On 2 September 2019, Dorrans was released from Rangers after an injury-plagued stint with the club.[23]

DundeeEdit

Dorrans signed a one-year deal on 20 September 2019 with Dundee.[24]

International careerEdit

Dorrans represented Scotland at under-20 level and was selected for the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada.[25] As of May 2009, he had been selected five times for the Scotland national under-21 football team.[10] Dorrans was also selected for the Scotland B national football team in 2009, but withdrew due to injury.[10]

On 7 September 2009, Dorrans was called up for the first time for the senior squad to play the Netherlands in a 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 a 1–0 victory over the Czech Republic, earning the sponsor's Man of the Match award.

Dorrans was 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.[26] They reached this arrangement due to Dorrans suffering from personal problems, as his son died at birth and his daughter contracted meningitis.[27] Dorrans was recalled to the squad in October 2015, when other midfielders were unavailable.[28]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 26 September 2018[29]
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[30] Scottish Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2005–06[31] Scottish Premier League 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
2006–07[32] Scottish First Division 34 5 2 2 2 1 1[a] 0 39 8
2007–08[33] 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[31] Scottish Second Division 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09[34] Premier League 8 0 3 0 0 0 11 0
2009–10[35] Championship 45 13 4 3 3 2 52 18
2010–11[36] Premier League 21 1 1 0 3 0 25 1
2011–12[37] Premier League 31 3 2 0 2 0 35 3
2012–13[38] Premier League 26 1 1 0 1 0 28 1
2013–14[39] Premier League 14 2 0 0 2 0 16 2
2014–15[40] Premier League 21 1 1 0 0 0 22 1
Total 166 21 12 3 11 2 189 26
Norwich City (loan) 2014–15[40] Championship 15 3 0 0 0 0 3[b] 0 18 3
Norwich City 2015–16[41] Premier League 21 0 1 0 3 0 25 0
2016–17[42] Championship 23 6 0 0 1 0 24 6
Total 44 6 1 0 4 0 49 6
Rangers 2017–18[43] Scottish Premiership 16 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 20 5
2018–19 Scottish Premiership 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
Total 17 5 1 0 4 0 1 0 23 5
Career total 332 56 22 6 22 3 1 0 5 0 382 65
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs

InternationalEdit

As of 12:17, 16 April 2019 (UTC)[44]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2009 2 0
2010 3 0
2011 2 0
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
2014 0 0
2015 2 0
Total 12 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 c "West Brom agree deal for Dorrans". BBC Sport. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Graham Dorrans: West Brom teammates give me stick for winning eight awards but gong from them means the most". Daily Record. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b "On song: West Brom's Graham Dorrans". The Guardian. London. 20 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Dorrans wins Division One award". BBC Sport. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  8. ^ "West Brom complete Dorrans deal". BBC Sport. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  9. ^ a b Lepkowski, Christopher. Dorrans impresses on debut for Baggies, Birmingham Mail, 22 December 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "Dorrans agrees new West Brom deal". BBC Sport. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Graham Dorrans signs new West Bromwich Albion contract". BBC Sport. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  12. ^ "Manchester City plot surprise summer West Brom star Graham Dorrans". Daily Mail. London. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  13. ^ "Dorrans is fans' favourite". Sky Sports. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  14. ^ "West Brom reject £4m West Ham bid for Graham Dorrans". BBC Sport. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Livingston set to miss out on big money Graham Dorrans sell-on bonus". Daily Record. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Graham Dorrans signs new contract". Express and Star.
  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 FC. 26 March 2015.
  21. ^ Freezer, David (27 May 2015). "Graham Dorrans joins Norwich City on permanent deal from West Brom". Eastern Daily Press.
  22. ^ "Graham Dorrans: Rangers midfielder out for three months after surgery". BBC Sport. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Dorrans Departs Gers". Rangers FC. 2 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Graham Dorrans joins Dundee as former Rangers star looks to kickstart career". Daily Record. 20 September 2019.
  25. ^ "SCOTLAND SQUAD FOR U20 WORLD CUP". Scottish Football Association. 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "Baggies' Graham Dorrans: I was close to quitting football". Express and Star. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  28. ^ "Norwich City midfielder Graham Dorrans earns Scotland recall". Eastern Daily Press. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  29. ^ Graham Dorrans at Soccerway. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  30. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  32. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  34. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  35. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  36. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  38. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  39. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  41. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  42. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  43. ^ "Games played by Graham Dorrans in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  44. ^ Graham Dorrans at National-Football-Teams.com
  45. ^ Shepka, Phil (25 May 2015). "Middlesbrough 0–2 Norwich City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 December 2018.

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