Former Rangers star heaps praise on Ibrox hero amid shaky start at Hull
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Former Rangers star heaps praise on Ibrox hero amid shaky start at Hull

Former Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has heaped the praise on his former Ibrox hero – and current boss – Shota Arveladze, claiming that the Georgian has what it takes to turn around Hull City’s fortunes following a tough start.

Arveladze took over in January from Grant McCann as the club was involved in a £30m takeover by Turkish businessman Acun Ilicali, as the unpopular reign of the Allam family ended after 11 years.

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Docherty moved to Hull in 2020 and is starting to show the promise he had earlier on in his career, with the Championship side giving him an ideal platform to prove just how good he can be.

Greg Docherty praises ex-Rangers striker Shota Arveladze as Hull City takeover begins in poor fashion

Hull has only won twice in the Georgian’s first eight matches, but Docherty has praised his manager.

“He was part of a really successful Rangers team,” said Docherty [HullLive].

Some of the staff are still there now, and they got in touch with me when he got the job and only had good things to say about him, and I believe they’ve been true.

“Putting that aside, he’s my manager now. I’ve worked under some big managers before, so I’ve put that part aside and now I’m learning from Shota Arveladze the Hull manager.

“Every day is different. It’s only going to be good, I feel, for us as players, learning under different people, different styles, to broaden your horizon.”

Hopefully the 49-year-old will be given time to improve Hull’s fortunes, the praise by Docherty certainly shows that the team is constantly learning and will take some time to get used to a different style.

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With Arveladze having not managed in Britain before, a continental style could take some getting used to, a big summer transfer window is approaching, and with funds available, then it could be an interesting season next year.

Meanwhile, Rangers could face a midfield injury crisis ahead of their Scottish Cup showdown against Dundee on Sunday.

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