Thursday, 3 January 2019

Rangers make opposite decisions on two midfielders

It must be said Rangers are in a pretty healthy place right now. The Old Firm win breathed new life into every facet of this club, and while we continue to be linked with Bournemouth’s Jermaine Defoe, Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and Southampton’s Steven Davis, two defensive midfielders’ Rangers futures appear a tad different right now.

Jamie Barjonas returned yesterday from his loan spell at Bury, while Greg Docherty’s future remains uncertain as the club weighs up a potential return for the 22-year old – Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has confirmed Rangers have been in touch, albeit the suggestion from the League one chief infers Steven Gerrard has decided to leave the destroyer where he is.

Barjonas, though, is definitely back – the midfielder had a modest time in League two, with eight combined in both league and cup, and the 19-year old is certainly seen as one for the future and we can’t really see him breaking into Rangers’ team any time soon.

As for Docherty – regulars will know how highly we regard him, and we remain a little puzzled if Ricketts’ implications are correct – while Rangers have Ryan Jack, we can’t say we’re engulfed with reliable depth in defensive midfield – Jordan Rossiter still isn’t in favour or match fit, Lassana Coulibaly’s form has been off colour (albeit understandably) and the only other choice is Ross McCrorie, who has been admittedly excellent of late.

We feel like Docherty would be more use to us in our shirt than in Shrewsbury’s, but Steven Gerrard’s definitely bought some trust and faith following the big win so we’ll defer to him on this one. If, that is, he has indeed chosen to leave Docherty down south till the end of the season.

This January window is most definitely livening up.

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