By Jason Jones

24th Dec, 2019 | 7:39am

Rangers ace went against Gerrard advice on summer loan exit

Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty is having a tough time of it at Ibrox at the moment. 

The 23-year-old has yet to feature in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, and has made the match day squad just once.

But according to a claim from Peterborough United chairman Barry Fry, things could have been a whole lot different for the midfielder.

Speaking to the Peterborough Telegraph, he said: “Rangers boss Steven Gerrard thought we would be an ideal move for Greg but the player says he has a Championship club to go to.”

Docherty spent last season out on loan at Shrewsbury Town, and to his credit, he thrived in England, hitting 10 goals and assisting 11 more in all competitions.

On that basis, you can perhaps understand why he was so keen to push himself and try to secure a move to a higher division.

Clearly the player thinks he has the chops for it, and he could well be right.

But when your manager is recommending a move to you, and when the alternative is languishing on the bench all season, then you have to be pragmatic in your outlook.

Docherty could have half a season of regular first team football under his belt by now, but instead, at the age of 23, he’s sat twiddling his thumbs.

Maybe January will bring a fresh opportunity for him, but if it does, he has to take it, plain and simple.

There is clearly a player in there somewhere, because we saw as much during his time at Shrewsbury, but he has no way of showcasing what he can do while he’s watching from the stands.

At this stage, Docherty can’t afford to be fussy – he needs minutes.

In other news, ‘Got to go’ – Hutton claims January exit looming for Rangers 30y/o after Ibrox ‘shame’.