Former Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty scored a crucial screamer for Hull City on Saturday as they bid for promotion from EFL League One.

Docherty joined the Tigers for a fee in the region of £400,000 in August 2020 [Hull Live] after growing tired of his lack of playing opportunities at Ibrox.

Docherty didn’t manage to break into Steven Gerrard’s plans at Ibrox. (Photo by Rachel Holborn – BRFC/Getty Images)

He immediately established himself in the team under manager Grant McCann and has been a near ever-present in his first season, making 35 league starts and only missing two matches through injury.

The 24-year-old perhaps hasn’t registered as many goals and assists as he would have liked, with just four and two to his name respectively.

His latest strike was a cracker, though, and it was an important one in Hull’s bid to go up.

Docherty netted at Shrewsbury Town – a club he spent the 2018/19 season at on loan from Rangers – in a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.

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The League One leaders went behind in the 53rd minute through a Matt Ingram own goal, but the former Ger levelled the scores nine minutes later with a moment of quality.

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Former Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty celebrates an important goal for Hull City’s EFL League One promotion bid. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

After his initial effort was blocked, Docherty fired a dipping right-footed effort from the edge of the area beyond the helpless Shrewsbury keeper and into the top right corner.

The point the goal secured took Hull to 69 for the season and they have a three-point lead over second-placed Peterborough United, who hold two games in hand.

With only seven points separating the top four teams, automatic promotion is far from secured, but the Tigers’ unbeaten run has been extended to five matches and they have a home fixture against Gillingham coming up at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Rangers could be hit with a triple blow this week as selection headaches beckon for Gerrard.

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