Has Rangers' Greg Docherty shown why Gerrard reportedly wants him gone?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Greg Docherty has been heavily tipped to leave Glasgow Rangers on loan with clubs in League One reportedly keen.

Greg Docherty of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Although a move to Sunderland looks unlikely after Luke O’Nien completed his move to the Stadium of Light from Wycombe Wanderers, it looks like Greg Docherty is still likely to be playing his football in League One next season.

The Sun (29 July, page 63) is reporting that Shrewsbury Town are interested in signing the Rangers midfielder on loan. This is despite the fact that he only arrived at Ibrox in January, joining from Hamilton for £650,000 after a protracted transfer saga.

 

The 22-year-old has barely featured since Steven Gerrard took over, however, failing to make an appearance in any of Rangers’ three Europa League qualifiers so far. And his latest display, in the 3-0 pre-season win against Wigan, perhaps explains why he finds himself so far down the pecking order.

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Docherty stood out for all the wrong reasons despite an impressive win for his side against Championship opposition, looking bereft of confidence and giving the ball away on countless occasions. Many Rangers supporters were far from impressed.

Greg Docherty of Rangers and Moussa Dembele of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

And this might show why a temporary move away from Ibrox could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

The youngster needs regular starts to find his form and rhythm again and he is unlikely to get that at Rangers, particularly after the arrivals of Scott Arfield, Lassana Coulibaly and Ovie Ejaria.

Under Gerrard, the Glasgow giants are no longer willing to accept mediocrity, so moving to Shrewsbury would give Docherty the chance to show on a weekly basis that he deserves a second chance.

Greg Docherty of Rangers, Graham Dorrans of Rangers and Jason Holt of Rangers inspect the pitch prior to the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on...

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