Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty cannot just demand that he goes out on loan to an English Championship club this month, according to Alan Hutton.
The Ibrox ace is understood to be a target for League One sides Peterborough United and Shrewsbury Town, as per Football Insider, but Docherty himself is believed to much prefer a move to the second tier.
The 23-year-old finds himself on the periphery of Steven Gerrard’s squad, having only featured in five games for the senior side this season, including none in the Scottish Premiership.
But Hutton has claimed that he has to prove he is worthy of a move to the Championship.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Look, things haven’t worked out for him, he’s had a couple of loans and done alright, like at Shrewsbury, but come on you can’t just decide I want to play for a Championship team.
“You need to go somewhere, play well, then take it from there.
“Well if you’re attracting teams at that level, brilliant, but if you’ve not really done that level yet, you can’t decide you want to play at a high level
“That’s not how it works.”
Is Docherty good enough for the Championship?
As Hutton has pointed out here, the midfielder was a standout performer for Shrewsbury in League One last year, contributing 10 goals and 11 assists from the centre of the park over the course of 50 matches, as per Transfermarkt.
On the basis of that, you could probably argue that he deserves a shot at the league above, but the reality of the situation is that his stock is probably at an all time low, purely because of his lack of game time for the Bears this term.
With that in mind, you’d have to say that beggars can’t be choosers, and while he may feel that he is good enough to cut it at a higher level, if it means he’s going out and playing football every week, then he has to take what he can get in the second half of a campaign that is threatening to derail his career a little.