Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty believes the “standard has been raised” at Ibrox following Steven Gerrard arriving as manager – but admits it was the same for him in January as he tried to impress his new teammates following his switch from Hamilton.
The midfielder joined the Light Blues near the end of the transfer window but revealed that he feels settled at Ibrox as he prepares for his first full campaign with the Gers.
Docherty also admitted that he feels “part of the team” now and hopes to “really push on” under Gerrard and assistant Gary McAllister this season.
“As a whole team the standard has been raised but it’s the same when any new manager comes in, it was the same for me when I came in in January as I was trying to impress the old staff and the old players,” Docherty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“But now I feel I’m settled, I’m really part of the team and I can really push on.
“Things can change in an instant in football, so you have to be part of it while you can and you never know what’s round the corner.”
Football Insider verdict:
Docherty made a good start to life at Ibrox before coming out the side towards the end of the season and will be hoping he can impress Gerrard during pre-season. With a host of midfielders already at Ibrox, Docherty faces a fight to hold down a first-team place in the short-term. The Scotland Under-21 international will undoubtedly learn working with the likes of Scott Arfield and Graham Dorrans every day, as well as the influence the new management team will have. Gerrard’s side will face a pretty hectic start to the season as they compete in Europe and domestically so Docherty will still have an important role to play even if he isn’t in the starting XI. The 21-year-old has shown an impressive maturity since first breaking into the Hamilton side in 2013 and with five years of first-team football under his belt already, he brings a huge amount of experience to the side.
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