After declaring his interest in bringing his old teammate to Dundee last week, it seemed all had gone quiet on that front but McPake has managed to get the deal over the line and Dorrans will now be in tomorrows squad for our visit to Greenock to take on Morton.
The ex-Scotland international has had to endure an injury ravaged Rangers career but will no doubt see this as the ideal opportunity to kick-start his career.
There was rumoured to be interest from other Premiership clubs along with some interest from England but McPake has got his man and the fans will be hoping this move gives the team that vital creative spark that seems to have been missing.
The Dundee manager was full of praise for the free-agent but did mention that any potential deal would have to be within budget.
Dundee’s owner Tim Keyes today did however say in an interview with The Courier today that they “increased the budget a little” to bring in Kane Hemmings and that “the budget is always fixed but flexible,” so It may give McPake some hope that a deal can be struck to add Dorrans into his squad.
“When a player like that pops up you'd be mad not to try and have a look at it," McPake said.
"Would I like him? Absolutely, but I'm also very aware of the budget the board have already given me.
"Graham will have a lot of options. I like him as a person, as a footballer. We've spoken about a lot of stuff but not money. If I had a chance to bring him here within budget and make it work then I would.
"When I got the job, I jokingly said to him over a beer and a bite to eat 'I'm going to get you to Dundee' - I don't know if it's an option now or not.”
"There's a hunger there, and a frustration from the last two years that his boyhood club hasn't worked out for him, but that's completely down to injury.
"I know he's desperate to play football. He feels he's in good condition. He's had a real bad time of it with his knee.
"He is looking to play football at a place he can reignite his career - he is far from finished and will be a good addition for someone."
Dorrans left Rangers at the start of September despite having a year left on his contract following his move to the Glasgow club from Norwich for £750,000 in 2017.
His time at Ibrox has been ravaged by injury with the midfielder only making three-appearances all of last season and a total of 19 over the whole course of his career.
Despite this, Dorrans is looking to get his career back on track and isn’t short of admirers. Kilmarnock remain keen on him as do English side Bolton along with some foreign options.
If Dundee do have solid interest in the midfielder, the ex-Scottish international won’t come cheap or at least, he will have to take a considerable drop in wages to drop down a division.
In Dundee’s favour is his friendship with manager James McPake who he was a teammate with during their Livingston days. While there will remain question marks over his fitness, there is no denying that Dundee are in dire need of someone of his quality in our team right now.
For the player himself, this could be a smart move. A drop down into a division in which he would be one of the best players if he stayed clear of injuries could potentially see him kick-start his career and either help the club to a quick return to the Premiership or at least, put himself back into the shop window.