Glasgow Rangers fans are sure about one thing, they all want 22-year-old Greg Docherty recalled to Ibrox this January, to start winning games again.
Obviously Gerrard didn’t fancy the young enthusiastic Docherty and told him he wouldn’t be played ahead of Ovie Ejaria and Lassana Coulibaly, two loanee midfield players.
Did rookie manager Steven Gerrard make another mistake by letting Docherty go to Shrewsbury Town in the first place?
Every fan was surprised and disappointed with this strange and early decision by Gerrard, because they rated him a success at Rangers.
Docherty is an energetic, goal-scoring midfield battler, just the type of player Rangers have been missing this season, and the fans know it.
He is also a fully pledged Rangers supporter himself and gets stuck right in during the hurly burly league games. The exact opposite of what Ejaria did.
Docherty coming back in January would help Rangers score more goals, win games, and challenge for the title and Scottish cup.
Especially as Ovie Ejaria has had his loan deal from Liverpool terminated early after talking it through with Steven Gerrard.
This leaves Docherty with an ideal opportunity to stake a place in the Rangers team on a more permanent basis.
Yet it’s not clear if the reputed £650,000 signing from Hamilton, is really wanted back during this January transfer period, by the boss.
Docherty has certainly been in excellent form for Shrewsbury and he should be able to gain a first team place this time around.
He has really impressed since heading down to England to play in League One, and scored his seventh goal for Shrewsbury on Saturday – well done!
In other words, he has been playing far too good to let him carry on playing his football in England.
It should be clear to everybody, the midfield star should be heading back to Rangers to give the team a boost, more energy and goals.
And Gerrard has revealed that recently he is considering the possibility of recalling Docherty next month.
Gerrard was quoted by the Daily Record as saying,
“It’s a tough decision that one. We love Greg as a person and as a player,”
“He’s very young, and it’s a difficult one to judge what is the next best step for him because he’s enjoying his football and he’s getting regular games”.
“From a selfish point of view, I could drag him back and have him here just to suit me but I’ve got to think about the kid and his future and what is going to make him grow the quickest to be available for Rangers on a more consistent basis”.
“We need to make the best decision that is going to help him long-term, rather than just what suits Steven Gerrard for a short-term fix.”
It seems to me that Gerrard is still not fully convinced that Docherty is his ideal answer to play in his regular midfield plans.
If he brings him back and doesn’t play him often enough – he would get dogs abuse from the fans, so it is safer to leave it all unchanged until next year.