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'We meet once a week' - Rangers ace Docherty details extra help he has been getting

Rangers ace Greg Docherty has revealed that he has enlisted the help of Edinburgh-based mindset coach John Johnstone Jnr. in a bid to help him reach the top of his game.

The 21-year-old is the latest in a host of stars to seek Johnstone’s help as they try to deal with the pressure that comes with playing at a high level.

Docherty revealed he believes it helped him cope with the expectations ahead of making his Old Firm derby in the recent 3-2 defeat by Celtic

“I’ve been speaking to JJ recently. A few of the other Under-21s boys speak to him too. I came across him on Instagram,” Docherty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He’s a guy you can talk to and someone who has studied neuroscience.

“He gives you an understanding of things you can control.

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“Maybe you sometimes get caught up in things outwith your control. JJ breaks things down and sometimes what he says is very simple. But it’s very effective too. I think it helped me deal with the pressure, particularly before the Old Firm game.

“JJ and I text regularly and we meet once a week. He’s building up quite a big base of players.”

The 21-year-old has made himself a mainstay of Graeme Murty’s side since his January move from Hamilton to his boyhood heroes and has acquitted himself well for the Light Blues.

Docherty is currently with the Scotland Under-21 squad and will be hoping to impress as he looks to force his way into the senior set-up.

Since moving to Ibrox, Docherty has made 10 appearances for the Gers so far and quickly won over fans who doubted if he would be able to cut it after moving from Hamilton.

Football Insider verdict:

Docherty has done well since coming into the side at Ibrox and it is good to see the midfielder isn’t resting on his laurels as he tries to make himself an indispensible part of the side for the Gers. After 10 appearances and putting in a mature performance in the recent Old Firm derby, the 21-year-old is clearly showing signs of a strong mentality and getting further help to allow him to focus on the parts of his game he can control shows a level of maturity from the Gers ace. While he’s still far from the finished article, Docherty is at least putting in the work to make the most of his talents and succeed with his boyhood heroes.

In other Rangers news, Russell Martin is now fit again after suffering an injury

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