If Steven Gerrard has ever had to try and convince a Rangers player about the idea of leaving on loan, it would not be a surprise if he made reference to the spell that Greg Docherty enjoyed during his year away from Ibrox.
It caught many off-guard when the Gers announced last summer that Docherty was going to spend the year with Shrewsbury Town in League One. He had not made an outstanding start to his Ibrox career, but he had shown a lot of potential in the months following his switch from Hamilton.
However, Docherty was brilliant during his time in League One. The 22-year-old scored 10 goals in all competitions, and appeared in 50 games during his time away. It appeared to be the ideal spell to catapult the youngster into a more important role with Rangers.
But it has not been the easiest start to the campaign for Docherty, with the midfielder yet to play in the Scottish Premiership this term while he was also missing from the squad that overcame Legia Warsaw in the Europa League qualifiers.
Docherty is obviously not of favour, but there is no question that he has a lot of competition for his spot in the team and it is difficult to imagine the youngster being able to enjoy a prolonged run of games anytime soon unless he produces something superb when he does get a chance.
So perhaps Docherty may end ruing the fact that he did not seek another loan deal before the transfer window closed - even if he only left until January.
Rangers appear to have the depth to cope without Docherty, and he could have potentially secured regular game-time for a few months to further prove that he is developing.
It is a long season and there is every chance that Docherty's time could come in the near future, and there is absolutely no doubt that he has the potential to be a key man at Rangers for years to come.
But perhaps he may have been better off pursuing another temporary exit while the window was open as his absence in the last couple of weeks hints that it may prove to be a frustrating spell for the midfielder for the time-being.
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