Shrewsbury Town manager Sam Ricketts is hoping to hold on to the impressive Glasgow Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty for a few extra months.
He insists the on-loan 22-year-old Scotsman should remain down south at the Football League club for the rest of the season.
The Rangers player has caught the eye of a few sides with a series of top quality and extremely energetic displays, as an attacking midfield maestro.
Docherty has achieved a high scoring ratio of goals, with an impressive seven already in the back of the net, plus an array of assists to his name.
The loan deal was for the season, but Rangers man Docherty’s first choice would surely be to get back to Ibrox to challenge for the title and Scottish Cup.
The former Hamilton man will be hoping his goals and classy displays have led to Steven Gerrard wanting him back at Rangers to win some silverware and give him more options.
The Gers boss wasn’t sure last month if he would bring Docherty back earlier than planned, but Ricketts is confident the gifted midfielder will stay in England.
“I think so, there’s been no mention of him going back at all,” the Shropshire Star quotes Ricketts as saying.
“Like I said, I think he’s settled here, playing well, and I think the whole idea of him coming here was to enjoy it and play football, learning and improve.
“There have been a couple of conversations (with Rangers), not myself, and they’re really pleased with how he’s progressing.
“They sent him here to learn and progress and that’s exactly what is happening.
“I think they’ve come out and said it’s better off for him to stay here and keep progressing like he has done because he is playing very well.
“But there’s plenty for him to learn and keep improving.”
Ricketts recently described Docherty, one of the standouts since the former Wales international took charge, as Shrewsbury’s ‘Duracell Bunny’.
“I like his attitude as much as anything,” added Ricketts.
“His attitude is that he really wants to be a footballer. It’s what he thinks about, he prepares himself as well as he can.”
Ricketts seems to be describing exactly the type of attacking midfielder that Rangers could be doing with now, if they are to win any silverware.
Let’s look at his assets according to Ricketts:.
He never stops running, scores goals, sets up goals for others, great attitude, classy displays, high energy player, attacking midfield maestro.
What more does Gerrard want from a young learning footballer? Bring him home to Rangers.