Former Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty thinks the Light Blues are seeing the “value” of sticking by Steven Gerrard despite not finding immediate success under the Liverpool icon – and admits that it has been something the Gers’ coaching staff have been working on since day one at Ibrox.
While Docherty never really featured much under Gerrard, the midfielder was around the squad for spells througout Gerrard’s first two seasons at the club before leaving permanently to join Hull City last summer.
Docherty told how Gerrard, Michael Beale and Gary McAllister “set out their stall” on their first day at the club and told the players that they knew not to expect “instant success.”
“From the first day, Mick, Steven Gerrard and Gary set out their stall and told us it was not going to be instant success,” Docherty said [Daily Mail].
“You now see the value of sticking by that. They have got better and they have a very strong nucleus of players who have bought into it.
“They just dominate games. At times they can blow teams out of the water but this season the defensive side has been so good.
“That may have been the weak point in the past but when they concede now it’s like: “Wow”. It’s a shock.
“The midfield has always been strong. When I came back from Shrewsbury, I knew the challenge was to displace these guys.
“I know I pushed them in training. I was always on my toes, so maybe in the background I helped them play a little bit better.”
Since leaving Ibrox, Docherty has made 29 appearances for the Tigers, scoring four times, as he tries to kickstart his career.
Hull currently sit second in League One and look almost certain to return to the Championship after a single season in England’s third tier.
One of Gerrard’s deadline day signings caught the eye yesterday for Rangers as the Light Blues eased past Kilmarnock at Ibrox