Kieran Dowell on bitter Rangers frustration and how one game in particular caused 'suffering'

Kieran Dowell has opened up on his bitter frustrations of his early Rangers career - as he revealed he hopes to be out the other end.

The playmaker, 26, joined the club back in May 2023 and then-manager Michael Beale felt he was getting a gem in the Norwich star. His dream move to Ibrox, however, turned into a nightmare with a long-term problem which kept him ruled out for months. Gers' injury issues forced Dowell into a change of position and that, too, was a source of difficulty at times for the player.

His misery was compounded with yet another injury which saw him miss 10 games at a crucial point in the campaign and the Englishman is only now beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.

"It was just so frustrating. Really frustrating," admitted Dowell. "Obviously, I was learning a new position as a central midfielder which I hadn’t really played before. That was due to availability and stuff but in amongst that there were injuries, which was so frustrating. But I’m feeling good now.

"I’m feeling fresh, I’ve had a good rest over the summer and I’m fighting fit now."

Dowell got a rare start against Ross County after recovering last term, but the clash in Dingwall ended in a 3-2 defeat. That, he says, also went against him. "That (against County) was obviously a tough day for every player on the pitch.

"I started that game but I don’t think anyone really had a great game that day. You end up suffering because of that - it happens but that’s football.

"You end up out of the team and the only thing to do then is to keep training and keep working hard.

"Yeah, that’s how it went - but that’s football for you. You can sulk all you want about it but it’s happened, I’m past it and feeling strong again. "