This afternoon, Greg Docherty was out to impress new Shrewsbury manager, Sam Ricketts. His side took on Peterborough at New Meadow, and the 22-year-old was on his game right from the off.
In only the second minute, Docherty curled an excellent effort from outside the area into the bottom right corner.
It was the blue nose’s seventh of the season in all competitions, an impressive return from the middle of the park.
What’s more, he didn’t take his foot off the gas after the goal. According to the The Shrews’ official Twitter account, it was an all action performance.
17: Great bit of skill from Docherty as he pulls the ball back then knocks it past his man and makes a run down the right flank, shrugging off another man on the way. He almost wins Town a corner 1-1 #salop
— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) December 15, 2018
With an hour on the clock, he popped up with an assist, as Fejiri Okenabirhie’s finish restored their one goal advantage.
Last time out, in Ricketts’ first match in charge, Docherty was replaced with fifteen minutes left. There was no chance of a substitution today though, as the midfielder pulled the strings throughout.
It should have been the perfect day for the Gers loanee. However, Rhys Bennett’s 92nd minute tap-in from a corner, snatched a point for the Posh.
Will Gerrard bring him home?
As it was confirmed this afternoon that Ovie Ejaria is on his way back to Liverpool, should Docherty be brought back to Rangers?
Gerrard will certainly be tempted. Yet, it will probably depend on what other business is done in January.
Should midfield reinforcements be brought in, Docherty may still find himself down the pecking order. In order to justify curtailing his experience at Shrewsbury, Gerrard must be sure he will feature regularly for the Gers.
More will surely revealed in the coming weeks. However, Docherty is certainly keeping his end of the bargain.
He was told to go and prove himself in a tough league and so far, he’s doing just that.