Some Glasgow Rangers fans having been told that one of Mark Warburton’s disaster signings, has recently been playing well and has scored three goals in has last two appearances.

Some have said, ‘Bring him back’ and others stated, ‘You must be joking’. Now 23-year-old Joe Dodoo has hit some top form and the striker is finally starting to look good in a Blackpool jersey.

Since signing for Rangers, it is fair to say that he flattered to deceive once he slipped on the Light Blue strip, but with very little success – in fact he was a huge flop.

Dodoo is still on the books at Ibrox and was shipped out on loan firstly to Charlton in League One where he played in only 8 games and scored twice, and certainly did not impress.

When Steven Gerrard took over Rangers, one of the first things he did was send Dodoo to Blackpool for a season-long-deal.

He was obviously hoping that Dodoo could turn his fortunes around by the young forward, playing regular first team football and improving his skills and also his chances of becoming the player that Warburton thought he was signing.

Up until this dramatic change in form he is now showing for the Tangerines, he was a constant reminder of just how bad some of Warburton’s transfer business actually was.

The Ibrox club only paid £250,000 for his services, and if Dodoo scores more goals and continue with his current form, Rangers will have the option whether to bring him back up the road, or sell him on for a profit.

Rangers forward Joe Dodoo
Rangers forward Joe Dodoo

Dodoo scored in the away tie at Exeter in their 3-2 FA Cup win, and he scored with a beautiful overhead kick and another well-taken strike in the 3-2 home win over Accrington Stanley in the Football League Trophy.

He has only made 11 appearances for Blackpool and has only scored four goals so far, but three in his last two cup games is looking more promising.

Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips says,  

“Fair play to Joe, I thought he was excellent on Saturday and he’s backed it up in this game. His goals were really good, and the two-goal forward has put himself right in the running for a League One start at Southend on Saturday.

McPhillips went on to say,  

“He’s got three goals in two matches, so I’m pleased for him.” 

Dodoo was replaced by Steve Davies after an hour, and that was with an eye to saving him for Southend”. 

He then added: “You don’t take strikers off who have scored two goals – he won’t like me very much. I did have a word with him at half-time and said, ‘You’ve got 15 minutes to get your next goal because I’m taking you off after 60”. 

“He was as good as gold and he’s done himself no harm. That’s what these games are all about, staking a claim, and he’s certainly done that.” 

Some Rangers fans are also impressed with the forward’s form, but playing for a team of Rangers standing in the game, is a completely different proposition to scoring against Exeter and Accrington in Cup ties.


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