Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty admitted that he knew he had a fight on his hands to win a first-team place at Ibrox this season – and is confident that he’s a better player despite having barely featured in months for the Gers.

Docherty made his debut for Hibs yesterday after completing a loan move until the end of the season and thinks working with “top quality” players every day has helped him improve.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Joseph Aribo of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with Greg Docherty of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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A season-long loan with Shrewsbury saw fans wanting Doc to get a chance this season but his last first-team run out came against East Fife in the League Cup in August, and thinks getting back playing will do him the “world of good.”

“I was prepared for it in the sense that I knew, despite getting those games under my belt, I was going to have a fight on my hands coming back up,” Docherty said after Hibs’ 2-2 draw with St. Mirren.

“I was prepared to do it and sit it out wait for an opportunity. It just so happens – and I think it has been well-documented – that the guys in my position have been really, really strong and it is a strong area of the park.

“Look, I’ve learned a lot though and I think I’ve actually improved being around some top quality players day in, day out in training. I think I learned a lot about myself also, but I’m feeling confident coming on the pitch and getting 40 minutes and it’ll do me the world of good.”

Docherty made six appearances this season before heading out on loan, with four of those coming in Europa League qualifying.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Greg Docherty of Shrewsbury Town applauds the Shrewsbury Town supporters at full time during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town at The Ricoh Arena on April 28, 2019 in Coventry, United Kingdom.
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It seems unlikely that the former Scotland under-21 international has any long-term future at Ibrox and his spell at Hibs should give him a good chance to win a move elsewhere.

Playing regularly for Hibs will also let him, potentially, boost Rangers’ title hopes with good performances against Celtic then the sides meet before the end of the season.

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