Former Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has explained the decision behind his departure from Ibrox last summer.
The 24-year-old made a permanent exit when he joined Hull at the beginning of the season, having had two loan spells away from Glasgow previously.
He explained that although the decision was a difficult one, it had to be made for the good of his career.
Docherty told the Mail on Sunday, via the Daily Record, “I had to leave.
“I know it was hyped up that I am a big Rangers fan, the classic dream come true. But when you are there and you don’t personally feel involved it’s so tough.
“Yeah, I was in the squad, I was in the dressing-room and that’s all great.
“You can stick around and be there at the end of the game, be at all the parties, but, when your contract runs out, where are you going to go from there?
“I’m not afraid to say now that it really took me to the toughest point of my career. Just mentally and how I was feeling off the pitch.”
Setting high standards
It is interesting to gain an insight into Docherty’s mindset during his time at the club.
He is very honest and open about the struggles he faced and his comments show exactly how ruthless Steven Gerrard has been.
We have a number of midfield options and the competition for places is the best it has ever been under Stevie G.
Docherty was always going to find it difficult to play ahead of Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo.
But that is why we have become dominant this year.
Players know they have to play at their best if they want to get picked.
Gerrard made that clear from day one, and that is why we have constantly progressed throughout his tenure.
There could be more casualties like Docherty, with players like Jordan Jones and George Edmundson also finding themselves in a similar position – both were loaned out last month.
Fortunately, Docherty has been no real loss.
He has scored four goals for Hull City this term, three of which have come in English League One.
That suggests he would not be good enough to displace one of our regular starters, so selling him was the right option for both parties.