When midfielder Greg Docherty signed for Rangers, it meant more to him that anyone else. Docherty and his family of bluenoses.
This was gigantic for him and them. Their boy, living the dream, pulling on the shirt and becoming a part of Rangers history. It is all Docherty has ever wanted to do.
But what’s more admirable than just his sheer passion for the club is his determination and the work hard he’s willing to put in to achieve his ambitions.
This isn’t about being partially involved for Docherty. He needs to be playing every week. He doesn’t want a bit-part role – he wants to be central to the club’s success. And he’s willing to go to any length to prove he can be.
“I’m looking at the long-term,” Docherty said. “I don’t want this contract at Rangers to run out and say I was part of the Rangers regime, I actually want to be a part of it, play regularly and play a role in winning trophies.
“I just knew that if Rangers were winning things this year and I had been a bit-part player, then I wouldn’t feel as much involved as I really want to,” Docherty said, as quoted in the UK Bulletin.
“My long-term goal is to be a successful player there, and for the time being, I need to get consistent games if I am to achieve that.
“I hadn’t played in a couple of the Europa League qualifiers, I felt myself that the best thing for me would be to go out on loan.”
Loan spell has Docherty firing
When Docherty first signed in January, he struggled to get into a rhythm with the team. So did almost everyone else in the squad. Rangers were at a loss and at times Docherty seemed to be trying too hard.
At Shrewsbury things have been very different. The 22-year-old has three goals in his 10 appearances so far this term and is becoming a firm favourite of the Shrewsbury support. In a game against Tranmere Rovers mid-week Docherty contributed four goals.
“It was a daunting decision to come down here, and there was no pressure for me to leave,” he explains.
“Coming down here gives me a new challenge and that was part of the reason I came to England. It’s a clean slate where I can just go about my business and take it from there.
“Getting out of the limelight for a little while has been great. I’ve come down here to experience something different, and so far, I am enjoying it.”
Rangers monitoring progress
Docherty also revealed that Rangers have been monitoring his progress and he’s been happy for the success the club has had this season. Not that it’s not been frustrating – he would love to be a part of the huge European nights at Ibrox. But he’s being patient, and is willing to take responsibility for his own development. It’s hugely encouraging.
“Of course, sometimes it’s difficult watching the team and seeing them do well when you know you could be a part of it in some way, but I’m just thinking of the long game,” the on-loan Shrews midfielder Greg Docherty said.
“The manager has been very clear that he wants me to come back, and he is very keen for me to come back.
“So, I’ll take it game by game up until January and see where things are at, and if I’m here for the season then that’s fine. Whatever it takes to make a real success of my Rangers career, I’ll do it.”
There isn’t a single Rangers fan out there who isn’t hoping this determined young man achieves his dream.