Rangers loanee Greg Docherty has detailed the best part of returning to the pitch with Hibernian after his Ibrox freeze-out, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
The Gers midfielder joined Hibs on loan on deadline day, following a frustrating few months at Ibrox.
He had received opportunities early on in the season in Europa League qualifiers and the League Cup, but when the action kicked off in earnest, he was nowhere to be seen.
August was the last time Docherty made a matchday squad, so it was understandable that he was itching to get out and playing again.
Early signs suggest he’ll get plenty of minutes at Easter Road, and his Man of the Match display against Ross County in midweek was the latest of three positive outings for the Edinburgh outfit.
“At the start of the season I was just waiting for that opportunity and it didn’t really come, so every day I was working hard waiting to see if I would be called upon,” said Docherty, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
“So I am really enjoying playing football again, under the lights. I’ve had two starts in quick succession and I am getting sharper and getting my fitness back.
“The winning feeling is under-estimated at times, when you are not playing it’s what you strive to get back into the team for.”
Minutes and victories are what Docherty missed the most, then, and after playing 50 games on loan at Shrewsbury Town last season, his lack of involvement at Ibrox must have been a shock to the system.
He’s so far undefeated in three appearances for his latest adopted club, and faces his biggest test yet on Sunday afternoon, away to Kilmarnock.
Following Rangers’ defeat there in midweek, it’s an opportunity for him to prove that he’s up for the challenge of asserting himself at Rugby Park in a way that the likes of Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo failed to.
Only through dominating with Hibs, does the lifelong bluenose stand a chance of changing Gerrard’s mind.