Greg Docherty’s loan spell has been the focus of many fans’ attentions over the last day or so.
The Rangers midfielder is currently spending the season on-loan at Shrewbury Town in England’s League One. And for the time being, Rangers need to allow him to stay there regardless of how impressive he’s been.
He’s mainly been in the spotlight for a stunning performance in a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night. In his own solo display, Docherty managed to bag a goal, assist two more and have a hand in another. It was a stunning performance and the midfielder excelled in the EFL Trophy clash.
This has led to some murmurs of potentially bringing the former Hamilton Accies ace back to Ibrox. But there are several reasons as to why this should be a no-go.
Firstly, squad competition at Ibrox is currently too high in Docherty’s position. He was sent out on loan because he wasn’t going to be seeing game-time ahead of the likes of Lassana Coulibaly and Ovie Ejaria.
Many people would agree that Rangers’ midfield isn’t doing too badly as it is. Bringing back a player highly unlikely to fight his way into it for no reason would be idiotic.
Docherty would be in and out
Secondly, if Docherty got his chance, would it truly be long until fans started questioning why he was back in the side? Football is a fickle game. Plenty of Docherty admirers would love the idea of having him back in the team. Yet, when things start to go even the slightest bit sour, they would be crying for Coulibaly or Ryan Jack to return.
It’s so vital that Rangers don’t act impulsively on the back of some good performances in England’s League One. Rangers’ ambitions at the moment are higher than relying on that, and Docherty deserves to continue enjoying his football.
Most importantly, however, is the fact that the on-loan midfielder needs to continue his development.
Things are clearly gong tremendously well for him down at Shrewsbury this season. He’s playing every week and developing his craft in a tough league. He’s also clearly enjoying his spell down there and is thriving in a tough environment.
Bringing him back to Ibrox only to play a couple of games before being dropped again would be pointless. He needs to continue his development, and continue to be given the platform in which to showcase his craft.
Docherty’s time at Rangers will come, just not any time this season.