Rangers' Greg Docherty could prove Dalglish wrong over Brown comments

Scott Brown of Celtic is seen during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and RSC Anderlecht at Celtic Park on December 5, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Glasgow Rangers host their bitter rivals at Ibrox this weekend looking for their first win against the champions since being promoted.

Scott Brown of Celtic is seen during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and RSC Anderlecht at Celtic Park on December 5, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Ahead of Rangers' clash with Celtic this weekend, Kenny Dalglish suggested to the Sunday Post that one of the Gers' main problems when they have faced their bitter rivals in recent times is that they have failed to find someone who is capable of going toe to toe with Scott Brown.

It is true that since promotion, Rangers have largely failed to cope with the Hoops when they have faced each other, with the Light Blues' best two results seeing them secure draws against Brendan Rodgers' side. And Brown's dominance in the middle of the park has recently been suggested by Dalglish as a key reason for the Bhoys' success.

"I have a feeling Celtic will welcome this chase from Rangers, and will want to show exactly what they are made of," he told the Sunday Post.

Rangers imanager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

"They are still undisputed champions and, as yet, their Old Firm rivals haven’t found a player capable of taking away the dominance Scott Brown has enjoyed in the engine room in recent years."

Graeme Murty does have one player in his squad who has previous experience of making Brown's afternoon miserable in the shape of Andy Halliday. 

Halliday was exceptional when the two sides faced off in the Scottish Cup semi-final back in 2016 when Rangers, who were vying for the second tier title at the time, won on penalties. But it seems incredibly unlikely that it will be Halliday starting in the middle of the park this Sunday.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Instead, the man that Rangers fans should back to keep Brown quiet is January signing Greg Docherty, who may only have a handful of appearances under his belt for the Gers but is clearly making a big impression.

Facing Brown is going to be his toughest challenge since his £680,000 move (via Daily Record), but Murty should be confident enough to put his faith in the 21-year-old when Celtic come to Ibrox on Sunday.

Docherty is the kind of player who seems to be everywhere on the pitch, not afraid to make an ambitious pass or full-blooded challenge, and that could make him the perfect foil to combat Brown's influence.

Dalglish is probably right to suggest that struggling to keep Brown out of the game is one of the key reasons why Rangers are still awaiting their first win over the Hoops since promotion. But if Docherty can perform at the top of his game on Sunday, it may not be out of the question to suggest that the Gers can win the battle in the middle of the park and stand a much better chance of finally ending that wait for a victory. 

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