There’s been something of a mini-clamour at times this season regarding Greg Docherty’s return.
The on-loan Shrewsbury Town man has been a huge star in England this season. Managing a thoroughly impressive 16 appearances since the beginning of the season, Docherty has managed to bag four goals. Added to that, he’s also managed four assists whilst settling into a new league.
This came at a time when Rangers looked a tad sluggish in the final third. Fans were getting frustrated, and more creativity from the midfield was being demanded.
It was no surprise, therefore, that some wanted to see Docherty return to Glasgow as soon as possible. Despite his progress at Shrewsbury, sections of the Rangers support believed that the midfielder would be best suited coming back to the club.
Yesterday’s 7-1 annihilation of Motherwell, however, proved that most certainly shouldn’t be the case.
Docherty’s time in a Rangers jersey will come, but he was sent out on loan for a reason. Steven Gerrard didn’t feel the young starlet was going to receive much game-time this season. Considering the squad Rangers have, Docherty would’ve struggled to break into it consistently.
Motherwell mauling proves midfield aren’t sluggish
The likes of Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack, and Ovie Ejaria remain a cut above at the moment, and that was on show yesterday. Rangers bullied Motherwell all over the pitch, and showed plenty of drive and creativity.
Even with Motherwell down to 10 men, it still didn’t make Rangers take their foot off the gas. Instead, they hammered it down on Motherwell to make a comfortable victory an embarrassing defeat for the Steelmen.
Docherty’s best quality is his drive, yet there was no lack of that against Motherwell or Spartak Moscow for that matter. Rangers need to be patient with their squad at the moment as it’s a time of transition at Ibrox.
There will be hiccups along the way, and the last two weeks have shown that.
Docherty, meanwhile, continues to flourish on his Shrewsbury journey. The former Hamilton man deserves to see that journey through and complete his season. He’s a constant starter for Shrewsbury, and the year of game-time will do him the world of good.
Prematurely bringing him back to Ibrox won’t help anyone. He’ll only get frozen out once more and questions will be asked of why he wasn’t allowed to stay in England.
Rangers remain in a good place, as does Docherty at Shrewsbury. For those reasons alone, things should remain as they are.