Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has admitted that he achieved one of his goals by managing to force his way back into the squad at Ibrox after a spell on loan at Shrewsbury Town – and now wants to push people out of the team.

Doc spent last season in League One, making 50 appearances as he shone for Shrewsbury, and has found himself on the fringes of Steven Gerrard’s first-team since his return to Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Joseph Aribo of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with Greg Docherty of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The midfielder admits the side are performing well but wants to take his chance when called upon to prove he belongs in the starting XI.

“I’ve achieved one my goals, which was getting back in amongst the squad and that was my aim all of last year,” Docherty told Rangers TV.

“Now, it’s about knuckling down, working hard, trying to take every opportunity as they come and pushing the players that have got the jerseys and pushing them out the team.

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“They’re performing well at the moment and if the guy who aren’t in the team keep pushing the guys that are, and we keep on getting results, then it’s a team game.

 

“The gaffer has touched on that a lot this season already that it’s about the team. As long as the team does well then it’s good for us going forward.”

Docherty has made a handful of appearances for the Light Blues since his return, starting last weekend’s League Cup win over East Fife.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Greg Docherty of Shrewsbury Town applauds the Shrewsbury Town supporters at full time during the Sky Bet League One match between Coventry City and Shrewsbury Town at The Ricoh Arena on April 28, 2019 in Coventry, United Kingdom.

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It’s clear though that he’s got a bit to do to force his way into the starting XI although he’s clearly someone Gerrard likes given some of his previous comments.

It’ll be interesting to see how Doc is used over the coming weeks with a hectic schedule for Gerrard’s side and some massive fixtures coming up in near-future.

 

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