Rangers fans have reacted on Twitter after Greg Docherty officially returned to Rangers following a loan spell at Hibernian.
The 23-year-old struggled for opportunities at Ibrox over the first half of the 2019/20 campaign, prompting a January move.
After speculation about a move to England came to nothing, he signed a loan deal with Hibs until the end of the season.
Just as he had done in EFL League One with Shrewsbury Town the previous season, Docherty hit the ground running with his adopted side.
Given license to create from midfield under Jack Ross, he registered five assists in eight appearances and scored three times, whilst also picking up a number of Man of the Match awards.
However, his progress was cut short by the global health crisis.
Hibernian’s campaign was halted in mid-March, so as it turned out, the Gers loanee’s last outing for the Hibees was in a 3-1 defeat at Aberdeen.
On Monday morning, the Edinburgh club confirmed Docherty and three other players had returned to their parent clubs following the decision to formally end the Premiership season.
🆕 We can confirm that our four on-loan players have returned to their parent clubs following the conclusion to season 2019-20.
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) May 25, 2020
Docherty then took to social media later in the day to bid his own farewell.
“Thank you to everyone @HibernianFC for the opportunity and experience during my time at the club,” he wrote on Twitter. “It was a brilliant dressing room to be part of! All the best in the future.”
— Greg Docherty (@Gregdocherty96) May 25, 2020
The tweet prompted a lot of responses, with plenty of Hibs fans thanking him for his contributions and imploring him to return on a permanent deal.
It seems some Rangers fans still think he could have a role to play across 2020/21 at Ibrox, though, despite Steven Gerrard’s previous reluctance to give him opportunities.
Docherty’s Rangers contract runs until the summer of 2022.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Bears:
Yes back where you belong 🇬🇧🇬🇧
— Jamesy (@Jamesy1124) May 25, 2020
It’s time to cement a place in this team it’s time for you to shine doc let’s go 🔴⚪️🔵👍🏻
— True Blues Loyal®️™️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@TrueBluesLoyal) May 25, 2020
Up the road Greg son, let’s go 💙
— 🇬🇧David Whyte (@DavidWhyte1872) May 25, 2020
Welcome back Greg, now go and make one of those midfield shirts at @RangersFC your own. I believe you can. 🔴⚪🔵
— Alex Douglas (@AxelLoudgas) May 25, 2020
Time to come home lad and make your mark at ibrox 🇬🇧💙
— John McA (@Johnnymagic11) May 25, 2020
It’s your time mate, 55 this season and nothing less. Get that winning mentality going that we all know you have and push the dressing room to success 💪🏻
— Daniel McNeil (@dmcrfc1872) May 25, 2020
It’s time 🔴⚪🔵
— Qatar Loyal and Blue 🇬🇧🇶🇦🏴 (@QatarLoyalandBl) May 25, 2020
Hopefully this season greg you be in the ❤️⚽💙 alot
— JILL F REILLY (@JJ22GR) May 25, 2020