Peterborough United director of football, Barry Fry, has claimed Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty turned down the chance to sign for the English club against the advice of Steven Gerrard, as quoted by Peterborough Today.
23-year-old Docherty has been frozen out of first-team action for some time at Ibrox, failing to make a matchday squad since the League Cup tie at East Fife in August.
His lack of involvement has made a January departure near-inevitable and numerous English clubs were said to have scouted him during a behind-closed-doors match against Leicester City last month [Rangers Culture].
Steven Gerrard clearly agreed with us that Peterborough looked a perfect fit for Docherty, yet it seems he believes he will be bypassing League One and heading to a second-tier English outfit.
“Rangers boss Steven Gerrard thought we would be an ideal move for Greg, but the player says he has a Championship club to go to,” said Fry, as quoted by Peterborough Today. “We have identified a couple of other targets which we will go for, although there is some hesitation as we don’t want to spoil what is a fantastic team spirit.”
The report asserts that the offer on the table was a loan move with a view to a permanent deal.
Docherty must be in a strong position if he’s turning down League One high-flyers before the transfer window has even opened.
If a Championship club does swoop for him even though he hasn’t played in over four months, it gives an indication of just how impressive his performances were whilst on loan at Shrewsbury Town last season.
The ex-Hamilton man hasn’t formed part of Gerrard’s Ibrox plans, but he’s clearly in demand south of the border.
The question is, what sort of fee will Rangers get for him?