So it appears Rangers fans are set to be disappointed with the likely permanent departure in January of favourite Greg Docherty.
A popular chap, the young midfielder was more than promising under Graeme Murty, more than impressive at Shrewsbury (to say the least) and he looked to be coming back under the great Steven Gerrard to fine tune his new talents and become a regular as part of the Rangers going forward.
Only, it didn’t work out that way. For one reason or another, Docherty was not only frozen out completely, but he struggled to even get minutes for the Development Squad.
The 23-year old midfielder went from better stats than Joe Aribo in League One last season to being rejected at Ibrox and being completely out of the picture.
He got some time in pre-season but after that he was as good as gone.
Honestly, we don’t have a clue why Stevie never took to this guy, why he just wasn’t interested – from last season and signing two losers in Ejaria and Coulibaly on loan to this season bringing in the as-yet unconvincing Joe Aribo – anything to avoid using Docherty.
Peterborough are said to be interested in the midfielder, while SPL sides Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen are also reported to be keeping tabs on his availability.
Don’t anyone mess around with the claim of ‘experience’ and ‘learning his trade’ twaddle. He’s 23 now and 21-year olds are used just fine by our manager.
No, whatever the reason for Docherty’s exile, either Stevie doesn’t rate him or personally dislikes him. And that is his right – this season has gone too well overall for us to pettily whine about our favourite players not getting a run out under the manager.
It’s a shame, and it is sad, but Docherty’s days at Ibrox were numbered when Steven Gerrard became manager.
We thought he’d be future captain of club and country he was that good back in the day, and we believe he still is that good.
But it’s Steven Gerrard who makes the calls, and he is the one who has us in the last 32 and fighting it out legitimately with Celtic.
So we kowtow to him on this one.