Former Glasgow Rangers player Greg Docherty has revealed that his time at Ibrox left him playing catch-up even if he enjoyed his time there.
The Lowdown: Docherty now at Hull
Docherty made the move to Rangers in January 2018 but he managed just 19 appearances at the club during his time in Glasgow (Transfermarkt).
After loan spells with Shrewsbury Town and Hibernian, the 24-year-old moved to Hull on a permanent basis last summer, and he has spoken out about his decision to leave Ibrox behind.
The Latest: Docherty discusses Ibrox tenure
Speaking to Lanarkshire Live Sport, Docherty revealed that his time at Ibrox set him back. He said:
“Looking back at my Rangers career, it’s one that I can say was a real learning curve for me.
“I think I went through everything there.
“When I came in I was straight in at the deep end, which is what I wanted, and things were going great.
“It was one I was really excited for, but I pushed for the decision that I wanted to go and get regular games, so I had a really positive loan [at Shrewsbury].
“I was coming back to a team that was really starting to kick on again, but the midfield was probably the strongest bit of the club, so it was really hard to break down and that’s sometimes just football.
“It’s a tough one, because I’m grateful for the opportunity, but I feel that I’m now maybe playing a bit of catch-up, just because I spent six months trying to get into the team before I went to Hibs, and that was cut short by Covid.
“That has affected everyone, not just me, but I feel that maybe there is a bit of catch-up.”
The Verdict: Docherty doing well
Clearly, Docherty’s decision to move to England has so far been justified. Last season at Hull, he played in 44 of their 46 league matches, scoring five goals and supplying five assists as the Tigers earned promotion to the Championship. He may have missed out on a Premiership title at Rangers, but it is unlikely that he would have played a starring role in Steven Gerrard’s side based on how rarely he featured prior to his exit from Glasgow.
Should Rangers have kept Docherty?
Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out at Ibrox for the 24-year-old, but that does not mean he isn’t a good player. It’s good to see that he has now found a place where he feels settled and valued, and that is reflected in his performances for Hull.
In other news, Rangers receive this worrying pre-Champions League blow.
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