Rangers’ Greg Docherty, currently on loan at Shrewsbury Town, has spoken to the Shropshire Star about the support he has received this season and his motivations.
The 22-year-old left Ibrox for League One in August [BBC Sport] with a view to proving himself to Steven Gerrard.
Since then, he’s been a regular in midfield for the Shrews, racking up 45 appearances to date.
“The support I’ve had this year has been incredible, probably the best I’ve experienced,” Docherty told the Shropshire Star.
“The backing for me and even having it back home, people well-wishing me. It’s up to me to go and deliver.”
However, he also appears to be looking ahead to bigger things.
“I’ve grown massively off the pitch maybe in areas I didn’t think I had to. It’s a new league, going to different grounds, places where people didn’t know who I am.
“I’m trying to get my name out there more and it’s been great, invaluable to be honest. When I hear the support from the stands backing me it really pushes me on.”
Docherty is clearly immersed in life with the Shrews, as they bid to beat the drop in the English third tier.
It’s still perhaps a surprise, though, that a lifelong blue nose would suggest the support in England was better than what he received at Ibrox in early 2018. However, he did praise the Rangers supporters at length recently [Daily Record].
His comments on getting his name out there are also interesting. At first glance, it would be fair enough to question the intentions here. Why do you need to gain a bigger profile in England if you are focused on going back and making it with Rangers?
However, if you put yourself in his shoes, it begins to make sense. He couldn’t have done much more since joining Shrewsbury, but he’s yet to find out whether that will be enough for Stevie G or not.
The Gers have an abundance of central midfielders right now. Therefore, if he returns to be told he doesn’t have a hope of making it at Ibrox and no one knew about him elsewhere, he would be stuck.
Let’s hope Gerrard will reward hard work and performances with opportunities next season. I’m sure Docherty still wants to make it as a Ger, he just doesn’t want to pin his entire career on it.