Former Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has secured promotion to the EFL Championship with Hull City in a fitting reward for a superb season.
After finding himself well down the pecking order at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard, Docherty made the difficult decision to leave the club he has supported since he was a boy in August 2020, heading to Hull for a fee in the region of £400,000 [Hull Live].
He already had some experience of the English third tier having spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Shrewsbury Town and he’s turned out to be a brilliant signing.
Docherty has been a near ever-present under Tigers manager Grant McCann, and he played the full 90 minutes of their promotion-sealing 2-1 win at Lincoln City on Saturday afternoon.
It was his 42nd league appearance of the season, from which he’s scored five goals and registered four assists.
Josh Magennis’ early opener was cancelled out by a 65th-minute equaliser from Lewis Montsma but Mallik Wilks’ penalty with seven minutes of normal time remaining secured the three points and a return to the English second tier at the first time of asking.
Following the final whistle, the Tigers poked fun at the clubs who recently announced their intention to join the ill-fated European Super League with a tweet confirming their Championship status.
📄 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭: Hull City can confirm that it has formally begun the procedures to withdraw from Sky Bet League One and join 23 clubs in a new competition, the Sky Bet Championship.#hcafc | #theTigers pic.twitter.com/R249PYriZn
— Hull City (@HullCity) April 24, 2021
Hull secured promotion with two games to spare, but it’s not yet clear if they will finish the season as champions.
Peterborough United look set to take the other automatic promotion spot and they are only four points behind the Tigers with a game in hand.
The main aim for Docherty and co. was to go up, though, and he’ll no doubt be delighted that a chance to test himself in the second tier beckons.
In other news, Rangers signage has been spotted in a prime location as an ‘exciting’ club partnership ramps up.