When Steven Gerrard named his Rangers team to face Motherwell on Sunday, there was no room for Greg Docherty.
There was no space for him on the bench, either.
That won’t come as a major shock to many Bears, despite Glen Kamara’s absence through illness and Ryan Jack being deemed not fit enough for another 90 minutes.
That’s because it’s the fourteenth matchday squad in a row that Docherty has missed out on [Transfermarkt].
The 23-year-old midfielder played 60 minutes against East Fife in the League Cup, in what was his fifth first-team outing of the season, back on 18th August. He hasn’t been seen since.
For a player many fans had high hopes for after a successful loan stint at Shrewsbury last season, it’s bound to be a disappointing turn of events.
Yet, that success appears to have carried little weight back at Ibrox, where he’s suffered behind the excellence of Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara.
Surely, despite the player’s entrenched love for the club, if this exclusion from the first team continues, he will look to leave in January.
The ex-Hamilton man has proved his ability to star in the EFL and would likely have plenty of suitors.
He still has the guts of three years remaining on his contract, but whether it’s another loan or a permanent deal, few could blame the £675k-rated [Transfermarkt] man if he decides to cut his losses and head elsewhere when the chance presents itself.