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Is there a future for Greg Docherty at Rangers?

Greg Docherty was once compared to Hamilton golden boys James McArthur and James McCarthy by ex-boss Martin Canning.

Now, the boisterous, energetic Rangers midfielder finds himself at Shrewsbury Town trying to resurrect his Ibrox career.

Docherty joined Rangers in January from Hamilton for £650,000. The highly rated prospect, and boyhood Rangers fan, then went straight into the first team.

Greg Docherty started his career at Hamilton were he made over a century of appearances for the club (108 games, 8 goals) (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)


The box-to-box midfielder struggled to make an impression and find a rhythm in his 14 first team appearances. It was almost as if he was too eager to impress.

Joining Shrewsbury was Docherty’s choice

The 21-year-old has spoken about how he could’ve stayed at Rangers and kicked on, but the promise of being a squad player wasn’t good enough. He wanted to be starting and felt that taking this risk may be a useful chance to play in England which could open doors.

He also wants to reach the level of new boss Gerrard.

Docherty has made a solid start to life in Shrewsbury and has made 5 appearances in League One. (Getty images)

“I’d have been more of a squad player but I know if I really want to be that top player, like he was, then I need to take a year out, push on and go back again. But for my development I knew this was the right platform. It was a difficult decision, I wasn’t under pressure to leave Rangers,” said Docherty, as quoted in the Shropshire Star.

Is there a future for Docherty at Ibrox?

Docherty has never been in any doubt where he wants his future to be. The young Scot harbours dreams of being a key man at the club and becoming a Rangers legend. For one so talented, it’s refreshing for fans to hear about his commitment.

Docherty also spoke about his hopes that Gerrard would be watching him down at Shrewsbury, and something the Englishman said before Docherty left.

“He’s told me he’ll be watching and there’ll be people to see me. Everything I do will be reported back.

“He said it’s not ‘Greg is going out the picture’, it was that he’s still looking at me and I’m still part of his long-term plans.

“He’s allowed me to push on here, express myself and help me develop.”

It appears, there very much is a future for Greg Docherty at the club. And a bright one at that.

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