Glasgow Rangers manager Greg Docherty has pleased manager Steve Gerrard since returning from Shrewsbury, where he scored 10 goals in 50 games while on loan last season.
The former Hamilton Accies man’s energy levels are startling, but he’s not always starting in pre-season – why not?
Gerrard must be able to accommodate Greg Docherty, Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield as his three attacking midfield players, and pick two from Steve Davis, Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara in the Rangers holding midfield.
With a trio of versatile midfielders backing the Gers forwards up, they can support either Alfredo Morelos or Jermain Defoe.
Docherty is making it extremely difficult for the Rangers boss to keep him out, as he’s always a nuisance to the opposition by doing the work of two men.
That’s why the Ibrox outfit bought him in the first place. He scurries back to win the ball to start attacks. Playing an advanced role, he gets the chance to be involved in everything.
He was the Ibrox sponsors’ Man of the Match in the 1-0 win over Derby. Ex-Nine in a row Alan McLaren on Rangers TV’s also picked Docherty out as his best player.
It was clearly a useful exercise for Gerrard’s Rangers, as Derby packed their midfield and played with a tight defence, which made them more difficult to beat.
Rangers broke their ranks on many occasions with slick quick moves, but ran up against a top-notch goalkeeper. Eventually Nikola Katic scored the winner with seven minutes to go.
If it hadn’t been for the Rams 27-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Kelle Roos, who made seven great saves, it would have been a substantially larger win.
With the competitive action starting to ramp up, it is time for Docherty to be given a concerted run in the Rangers team.