There was a lot of good last night about Rangers’ comfortable rout of the hapless St Johnstone. From the first whistle the superiority was evident, and Rangers absolutely strolled the match from beginning to end, only taking the foot arguably slightly off the pedal once the match entered its final throes.
However, for us, one man stood out head and shoulders above everyone. Josh Windass was brilliant, and took his goal sumptuously, Sean Goss pulled the strings effortlessly again in the middle, while Jamie Murphy, up till his injury, was once again absolute dynamite. There other honourable mentions for the excellent Alfredo Morelos and the industrious Daniel Candeias, but the honour of man of the match for us has to go to the increasingly outstanding Greg Docherty.
Looking a snip at £600,000, this 21-year midfield titan has slipped into Graeme Murty’s Rangers team like a glove, and after being unfairly criticised by a few following a decent enough display at his former stomping ground, has proven any misguided doubters wrong with performances proving our earlier assertion that the lad is a future Scotland international.
If we overlook his quite scintillating assist through pass for Josh Windass’ acutely-taken goal, the man’s enterprising and marauding play throughout the middle was as good as anything any Rangers midfielder has produced inside the past decade.
He is covering so much grass, and we completely retract our earlier claim, following the win at Somerset Park, that he maybe lacked pace.
Last night he showed big lungs to haul himself around at a very respectable rate of knots, while doing everything a strong, confident and technically excellent midfielder does. He has, over the past few matches, surely soared in value and is easily well over £4M and rising, such has been the stand out displays he has produced.
It was not just St Johnstone last night, but Hearts too, where he worked tirelessly to ensure the Gorgie midfield barely had a sniff.
Docherty’s ability (not form, ability) ends any debate over Jason Holt’s merits of a first team place – Docherty’s quality is the level we deserve in midfield, and while some argued for Holt back in the day, surely the debate is over and Docherty has won over everyone.
But sure, let’s just wax lyrical over his assist anyway – following fine play on the edge of the box, the ball landed to Daniel Candeias who held it up magnificently, laying it off for Docherty whose eagle eyes spotted Windass making an early run, and slide ruled it perfectly. It was one of the best goals Rangers have scored all season, and Docherty showed not only will he be tough and combative in the middle, but he can create too.
This lad is impressing every inch as much as his partner in crime Goss, maybe even more. The difference is Docherty is most definitely ours, and there is nothing to stop this lifelong Rangers fan becoming a Rangers great.
We do not mean to put too much pressure on him, but usually you know when you are looking at a special player.
And Docherty is.