Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty believes he has “grown massively” during his season-long loan spell with Shrewsbury Town – and insists it has been “invaluable” in getting his name “out there.

Docherty was sent south at the start of the campaign by Gers boss Steven Gerrard and has won a legion of fans with his impressive performances for Shrewsbury.

SOUTHEND, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: Greg Docherty of Shrewsbury Town after the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Shrewsbury Town at Roots Hall on March 30, 2019 in Southend, United Kingdom.

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Doc admits he’s hopeful he can help cement the Shrews’ League One place over the coming games as he looks to repay the fans for their support.

“I’ve grown massively off the pitch maybe in areas I didn’t think I had to. It’s a new league, going to different grounds, places where people didn’t know who I am,” Docherty told the Shropshire Star.

SHREWSBURY, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Greg Docherty of Shrewsbury Town and Matthew Clarke of Portsmouth during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Portsmouth at New Meadow on March 23, 2019 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom.

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“I’m trying to get my name out there more and it’s been great, invaluable to be honest. When I hear the support from the stands backing me it really pushes me on.

“I do want to try my best and I’m so grateful to the support. There’s a job still to be done and I need to keep going and repay them. I feel fresh with five games to go and I’m ready for every game.”

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Docherty has made 46 appearances for Sam Rickett’s side and played 90 minutes of yesterday’s 2-0 win over Gillingham.

The three points will go a long way towards Shrewsbury having secured their League One place for next season.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Greg Docherty of Shrewsbury Town during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Shrewsbury Town at Molineux on February 5, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

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With four games left in the campaign, Shrews have a six-point cushion on the relegation places and should be in a good position.

Whether Doc’s performances have done enough to win him a reprieve at Ibrox though remains to be seen.