Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has admitted that last season “wasn’t good enough” for the Light Blues – and revealed that manager Steven Gerrard has reminded them of that.
The Gers could only manage a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership last season as they made heavy work of their second season back in the Scottish Premiership.
The former Hamilton ace thinks the players “let the club down” last term – but insists that it is “exciting times” at Ibrox as Gerrard’s reign gets underway.
“It’s a fresh start for us all this week but we’ve got to be ready to go come Europa League,” Docherty said, as quoted by STV.
“Last year wasn’t good enough. As players, we know that and [the manager] just reiterated that we aren’t producing what Rangers players should be producing.
“We know that and we let the club down so it’s up to us to go and rebuild that now.
“The squad is looking great so far, the additions have been brilliant and settled in really, really well and it’s exciting times.”
Football Insider verdict:
There can be little argument that last season wasn’t good enough. Finishing third is never going to be good enough at Rangers. The new additions to the squad should make the Gers a better side but several of last season’s regulars also need to step their performances up. Docherty might struggle for starts this season and will be desperate to prove his worth to Steven Gerrard over the summer. The arrivals of Ovie Ejaria and Scott Arfield and return from injury of Ryan Jack and Jordan Rossiter leaves Gerrard with a packed midfield. With the Europa League games getting underway on July 12th, Gerrard doesn’t have long to prepare his side for the start of competitive action. Making sure his side are better prepared than Pedro Caixinha’s were 12 months ago will be crucial if Gerrard is to get his reign at Ibrox off to a good start and keep the fans onside.
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