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Dodoo is determined to make a big noise at Rangers

By Andy Newport

Published 25/07/2016

Perfect start: Joe Dodoo
Perfect start: Joe Dodoo

New Rangers signing Joe Dodoo has warned his fellow strikers that he has no intention of sitting on the bench after leaving Premier League champions Leicester.

The 21-year-old rejected an offer from Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri in order to link up with Gers manager Mark Warburton.

Dodoo marked his first appearance with a goal after tapping home for his new side during Friday's 3-0 Betfred Cup win at East Stirlingshire, but he had been forced to spend the first hour watching from the bench as Warburton started with veteran hitman Kenny Miller.

He can expect to make his first start when Rangers round off their Group H schedule at home to Stranraer tonight - however, in the long-term he faces competition from last season's top scorer Martyn Waghorn, Miller, Barrie McKay, Josh Windass and Michael O'Halloran.

He has therefore pledged to work hard to ensure he is in the first XI. Dodoo said: "I've come to play. I'm here to work hard for my place. That's the same for everybody, they have to put the effort in. Nobody signs up and goes straight into the team.

"You have to work hard every day and compete with your team-mates and see if you can get the nod to start."

The former England youth international, who is also eligible to represent Ghana, tapped home his debut goal from a Lee Wallace assist in stoppage time.

"It was great to get off the mark," he said. "I was happy to get a 30-minute run-out. It was a good result, a win and a goal on my debut made it better. You always want a good start so to get a goal early is good for confidence and I want to kick on."

Dodoo passed on the chance to continue working with Ranieri's title-winning team to instead join a Gers outfit readying themselves for a top-flight return.

He said: "Rangers is a very prestigious club, I was more than happy to come. It has always been a big club and that will never change."

Meanwhile, Windass may be rested for the visit of Stranraer as he has a tight hamstring but Joey Barton is likely to feature.

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