Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty is determined to make an impression at Ibrox next season, despite understanding the quality of competition he faces within Steven Gerrard’s squad, as reported by The Daily Record.
Docherty was sent out on loan to Shrewsbury Town last summer, with Gerrard preferring to pursue loan options like Ovie Ejaria and Lassana Coulibaly rather than invest playing time in the former Hamilton Accies man.
Due to return to pre-season training on Monday, the Gers prospect is now determined to put that loan spell to good use and force his way into the manager’s plans this summer.
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As quoted by The Daily Record, Docherty said:
“The midfield has been terrific for Rangers, especially towards the end of the campaign. But I have to believe I can fight my way in there. I knew when I signed for the club there would be quality additions to the squad.
I’ve loved watching Davo [Steven Davis] and Scotty [Arfield] in particular. They’ve both played at the highest level and I want to be around these guys to learn off them.
Those boys, along with the likes of Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara, have got the lot. But I definitely feel I can bring something different to the midfield. I have belief in my own ability.
In certain games, I believe I can contribute if the manager needs something different.”
It was a curious decision for Gerrard to send the player away last summer, especially in hindsight when you consider that Coulibaly and Ejaria made little impact across the season.
Docherty was a stand-out for Shrewsbury in League One, scoring ten goals and assisting 11 times, so it’s no surprise to hear he is full of confidence ahead of a return to Rangers training.
The Ibrox boss should take note of his desire to shine for Rangers. He not only has ability but also an affinity for the club as a boyhood supporter, and that goes a long way over the course of a long, difficult season.
Still just 22 years of age, a bit of midfield guidance from Gerrard could go a long way towards his development, too.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see where he is playing his football when the transfer window closes, but you’d be silly to write off his chances of making a first-team breakthrough.