AFTER just two starts this season Joe Dodoo is hoping the impact he made against Aberdeen lands him a run in the Rangers team.
Injury and lack of opportunity have curtailed the 21-year-old’s first season in Scotland and after scoring one and setting up one in the Gers 3-0 win on Sunday he is targeting more consistent football under Pedro Caixinha.
The striker’s substitute appearance at Pittodrie was only his third since the turn of the year but the former Leicester man insists he hasn’t lost heart; in fact he says it’s made him more determined.
Rangers welcome Partick Thistle to Ibrox this weekend and Dodoo defeated them at Firhill back in November when he scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Dodoo told RangersTV:
“The manager hasn’t said anything about the weekend yet but either way I am ready.
“I haven’t played much this season yet but I will keep going and whenever I am called upon I am ready to play.
“I just need to keep working, get a start and get a run of games. I haven’t had a run of games for a long time; I have only started two games this season.
“You could say it is frustrating but sometimes a player will feel like they are ready to play and won’t get the opportunity and that is how football is.
“You have to train every day, work really hard and try and work yourself into the team.
“Sometimes if you are injured that doesn’t happen and you have to deal with that as a player.
“It’s not normal and in my ideal world I would be starting every game, playing every game and doing well in every game.
“It is difficult to take sometimes but you have to keep your head and wait for the opportunity.
“It is all mental, if you are not prepared in the mind then when you get on the pitch you’ll not do it – it is that simple.
“If you’re unhappy then you have to snap out of it and try and make the best of it every day because if you don’t you’re not going to get on the pitch and perform.”
Dodoo says it has been all smiles at the Rangers training ground since Sunday’s win and he’s hoping it acts as a boost going into the final few weeks of the season.
He continued: “You try and keep a happy place whether you win, lose or draw because if you dwell on mistakes or not winning then it can affect the whole team.
“It is difficult sometimes to be happy but the last win we worked really hard for at the weekend.
“The result gives us confidence to go into the next game and perform, it just gives you the platform to go and get more points.
“Sometimes a win can give you a massive boost and lift everybody up and I think that is what we needed. If we keep winning then we can achieve our goals.”