Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty could benefit greatly from moving to a “big club” like Sunderland this month, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the 23-year-old could do worse than heading to the Stadium of Light in a bid to boost his development.

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, Sunderland have tabled an offer to sign Docherty on loan from Ibrox, manager Phil Parkinson going on to confirm that talks were underway over a potential deal.

Having seen Docherty struggle for game time under Steven Gerrard this season, Whelan says that a move to the fallen giants could make a real difference to his immediate future.

“You’re going down the League One and Sunderland are still struggling to get themselves into that play-off zone,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Maybe they feel he could be the difference to their season. Look, it is a big club, it’s a well-supported club but at the same time you’re taking a drop down to League One.

“First-team football is first-team football for a player, you’re going to get the stadium, you’re going to get the training facilities, you’re going to get a good manager and a good level of player you’ll be playing with.

“In terms of his development and his progression, you can think of worse clubs to be at and it’s another player out the door for Steven.” 

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Docherty has featured just five times for the Light Blues this season, not one of those outings coming in the Premiership.

He spent last season on loan at League One side Shrewsbury and impressed during his time in England, scoring 10 goals and chipping in with 11 assists in 50 appearances.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have tabled a centre-forward offer.