Rangers are set to hold fresh talks with Sunderland today over the possibility of loaning out midfielder Greg Docherty for the rest of the season, according to Football Insider.
The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Ibrox this month having failed to make a single appearance in the Scottish Premiership so far this term.
Last week, Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson admitted that the club had held “initial chats” with the Gers over a potential swoop, as per the Chronicle.
And it is understood that the League One side are set to step up their interest in the player with a new round of discussions.
The report also states that a Sunderland source has suggested that the club have been given encouragement that an agreement can be struck.
Would this be a good move for Docherty?
Yes, almost certainly.
It’s been made very clear over the past couple of weeks that the player would favour a move to the Championship, as per Football Insider, but given his lack of game time so far this term, it’s hard to see how he could hope to force through a move to that division.
Instead, Sunderland seem like an ideal compromise.
Sure, they’re still a League One side, like Shrewsbury Town where Docherty spent last season on loan, but they are unquestionably one of the bigger sides in the division, and after a wobbly few months, they look to be back on track in a big way.
Saturday’s win over MK Dons was their third successive victory, and their seventh game unbeaten in all competitions.
It also moved them back into the play-off positions, and to within six points of the top of the table with a game in hand.
It may not be the Championship move Docherty wants, but it could be a switch that helps him and the club reach exactly that.