Norwich City midfielder Steven Naismith admits Graham Dorrans faces a Rangers dilemma

Graham Dorrans is a transfer target for Rangers. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Graham Dorrans is a transfer target for Rangers. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Steven Naismith can understand how big a pull Rangers is for Norwich City team mate Graham Dorrans.

Dorrans returned to pre-season training with the Canaries on Monday, amid intense speculation linking him with a move to his boyhood club.

The Scottish Daily Express claimed earlier this week City’s top brass is mulling over a £1.3m offer, plus add-ons, for the 30-year-old.

Naismith won six trophies with the Glasgow club during a five-year spell but hopes his fellow Scot stays at Carrow Road to bolster Norwich’s Championship promotion push.

“He’s a big Rangers fan,” said Naismith. “For the last 18 months we’ve spoken a lot about Rangers, you catch the games in hotels and stuff like that. When you’re a Rangers fan there’s no better place when you’re winning trophies but it can be a hard place when things aren’t going well - so that is a driver to be successful.

“You need to make sure you are successful. All those things are right for him but he has a chance to help get Norwich back to the Premier League, and that’s the best league in the world - you count your days when you’re playing in it because your career will be over soon enough. It’s a big decision for him but first of all the clubs need to agree. It’s not as straight-forward as saying, ‘Rangers or Norwich’ because everything needs to be right for him and his family. It’s a tough one for him. He’d be a massive addition to a Rangers squad in transition and could be a main player if they get him. He has real quality so I hope he stays because he’d be a big loss for us.”


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Naismith, speaking to BBC Scotland, is also backing ex-team mate Kyle Lafferty to prove his worth if he completes a move to Rangers’ rivals Hearts. The Northern Ireland international has also been linked with Hibs since his close-season exit from Carrow Road.

“I think he would be a fantastic signing for either of them,” he said. “He will score goals no matter if he’s in a good vein of form or not. He’s one of the most entertaining guys you will ever see in a changing room and that’s fantastic, it makes such a difference.

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“If one of those clubs could pick him up it would be a fantastic move for them. He’s 30 and he has matured from his early days. He’d be a real asset for one of them.”

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