Saturday, 13 April 2019

This call would be a huge mistake for Stevie G to make

Greg Docherty is a player many fans have forgotten, to an extent. Despite the stupendous season he’s had in League One with strugglers Shrewsbury, out of sight and out of mind has led to his being a tad disregarded by some of the support, who have focused instead on the players we currently have at Ibrox.

A case some have made for the prosecution, though, is the fact he’s at Shrewsbury. That Steven Gerrard, a superb judge of midfielder, saw fit to put out 21-year old Greg Docherty on loan at such a poor team (with all due respect) in a lower division while instead signing 21-year old Ovie Ejaria and 21-year old Lassana Coulibaly instead.

None of this bode well for Docherty – but if any fans doubt his quality because he’s ‘only doing it’ at Shrewsbury, they might well remember the best goalkeeper Scotland have had since Goram was also dumped out on loan at lowly Dunfermline. Sure, a Premier League team at the time, but the very act of loaning Allan McGregor out surely implied he wasn’t good enough for Rangers. Or ready. At the surprisingly mature age of 24. Not exactly an infant.

Time has proven that to be wildly wrong, and while his loan out wasn’t the making of him, his promotion under a reluctant Paul Le Guen and subsequent stellar displays certainly were.

Greg Docherty’s performances for Rangers were great – he excelled alongside Sean Goss, struggled beside Graham Dorrans (obviously), and is now delivering down south. At the very young age of 22.

If there is any doubt Docherty deserves a chance, it’s not from us. 20 goals and assists in 45 appearances says everything about what he can deliver. And it’s not just his being a Rangers fan – although that helps, but the evident fact he has the potential to be the best Rangers midfielder since Barry Ferguson.

Steven Gerrard would be making a huge error rejecting this potentially stupendous player again.

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