By Joe Ellis

14th Jan, 2022 | 12:40pm

Greg Docherty opens up on challenging Rangers stint

Former Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has bravely opened up about his time at Ibrox where he struggled both on and off the pitch.

The 25-year-old played just 19 times for the club before leaving Scotland in favour of a move to Humberside and Hull City in 2020.

His loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Hibernian in that time saw him play somewhat more regularly but he could never break-in at Ibrox.

Speaking on the Lanarkshire Live Sport Podcast, Docherty said: “That time has set me in good stead. It’s given me a thick skin to criticism. One week you’re a hero, the next you’re the worst player in the team, and it’s magnified more when you’re with teams like Rangers.

“It was a beneficial time for me. People still say to me that I never got a chance at Rangers and it is nice when people say that to me.

“But then I’m like ‘I know, I went in every day and gave it my all.’ One manager can love you, one manager might not suit you.

“I have come through it in a better place mentally off the pitch. I am proud of where I am, more so on the mental side of things.

“There’s stuff you don’t see behind closed doors. People speak about mental health a lot more and it’s good to see. I am in a much stronger place now.”

Much needed conversation

Football needs more and more players like Docherty to be completely honest and open about their off-field issues to hopefully end the mental struggles that some face.

We’ve seen former players take their own life owing to mental health struggles and great efforts are being made to prevent that kind of thing from happening as much as possible, but more can always be done.

Whether that is counselling help for players after they’ve retired from the game or clubs helping out players released from the academy in case they can’t find another club.

Everyone can do more to bring these issues to the forefront of football and with every passing day, the problem decreases ever so slightly and eventually, it can be contained.

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