As he gets set to impress at Shrewbsury Town, Greg Docherty is correct using Celtic’s Callum McGregor as inspiration.
The controversial comparison was made yesterday in the Daily Record. Midfielder Docherty has been loaned out by Steven Gerrard to England, and has already set his sights on battling back into the Rangers side once again.
Former Hamilton Academical man Docherty will spend the season on-loan at Shrewsbury, after losing his place in the side to Lassana Coulibaly.
The 21-year-old signed from Accies in January 2018, and made an immediate impact. Adored for his energy and dynamism, supporters took to the youngster as one of their own.
Docherty remains a boyhood Rangers fan, but his comparison to Celtic star McGregor will raise a few eyebrows.
Speaking yesterday, Docherty praised McGregor’s impact since a loan spell at Notts County back in 2014.
I looked across the city at Callum McGregor, who is now a starter for Scotland and Celtic. Callum went away and got his game time at Notts County and now he is the No.1 midfielder in Scotland. He is also one of the first picks in the national team so I have to look at that. David Beckham went on loan when he was a youngster at Manchester United and Jack Grealish was also on loan at Notts at the same time as Callum then returned to Aston Villa. These are the guys you have to look at and hope this loan can benefit me as much as it did them.
You have to give Docherty credit for coming out and admitting it. However, supporters should also see that he isn’t wrong with his comparison. There are clear similarities between both he and McGregor.
When the Celtic star was struggling for game-time, he was farmed out to a lower-league English club. Nobody knew who he was at the time, but he impressed with some starring displays and fought his way into the side at Parkhead.
Docherty has the advantage of already being well liked at Ibrox. He certainly has a part to play. However, he finds himself in the same situation McGregor did just several years ago.
With first-team spaces being taken up by new arrivals, Docherty’s time to shine has been postponed.
It’ll now be down to the 21-year-old to perform and impress the manager during his stint at Shrewsbury. If he does then he’ll have the same chance McGregor did upon arrival back in Glasgow.
Docherty must also manage to strengthen in several attributes before returning to Ibrox. Similar performances to last season won’t cut it, as the club has already evolved past that level of quality.
It’s down to the on-loan man to evolve with the club. Doing so and he’ll be back amongst the side with a chance to impress.
So whilst some Rangers fans may not like the comparison to a rival man, it’s hard to argue that it isn’t a fair one.