Docherty absent, but Shrewsbury advance to last 16 of EFL Trophy
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Docherty absent, but Shrewsbury advance to last 16 of EFL Trophy

Rangers’ midfielder Greg Docherty, a life-long blue nose, is currently plying his trade on loan at Shrewsbury Town.

The aim for the year is to play a lot of senior football, develop his game, and ultimately, to impress enough to become part of the manager’s plans for next season.

Docherty featured heavily under Graeme Murty, but was sent on loan by Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The move is going reasonably well, so far. Docherty has accumulated 21 appearances in all competitions for Shrewsbury, most of which from the start.

He has proved he is a goal threat -netting six times – while, his disciplinary record is also good. He has only received two cautions all season, an impressive record for a combative midfielder.

How close is he to silverware?

He scored a wonderful solo goal in November, against Salford City in the FA Cup. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

His team are struggling for league form, and currently sit 15th in League One. Yet, it has been a different story in the Checkatrade (EFL) Trophy. The team topped a group which included Manchester City’s U21s, before defeating Walsall 2-1 last night to reach the last 16.

Docherty wasn’t involved this time around, apparently rested ahead of the weekend’s tie against Burton Albion.

The 22-year-old will be hoping that Gerrard is impressed by his progress. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

However, as The Shrews go deeper into the tournament, the chances of silverware increase. It may only be the EFL Trophy, but Gerrard wants players in his squad who know how to win things.

The draw for the next round is yet to be made, but Docherty is sure to return for that clash.

The reward for a win would be a quarter-final berth and yet more opportunity for the 22-year-old to impress the Rangers powers that be.

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