Alan Hutton has suggested that Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty needs to look at leaving Ibrox either on loan or permanently for the good of his career.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender says that the 23-year-old is in a difficult situation under Steven Gerrard after returning from his temporary spell at Shrewsbury this summer.
As revealed by Football Insider, Docherty is a man in high demand in England, with a number of clubs queuing up to take him south of the border.
With a whole host of talent battling it out for the midfield spots at Ibrox this season, Hutton says that Docherty may have to face leaving the Light Blues for good if he wants to forge a decent career for himself.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I kind of feel for him. It’s difficult – he’s went out on loan, done well, come back and playing reserve football. As a player, you’ve done that when you were younger and you don’t want to be sitting there again.
“These are the years where you have to, you really want to be playing week in, week out. I do feel for him, it’s an area where Rangers are heavy in midfield.
“He’s obviously quite far down the pecking order. I think he really has to be looking to get first-team football and whether it be out on loan move or actually making a permanent move somewhere to be the best five years for him.
“Sometimes you have to take a step back, you get a big move to Rangers and you have to take a little step back to go forwards. I think that’s where he’s at at the moment.”
Docherty has played just five times for the Light Blues’ first-team this season, with four of those outings coming in the Europa League qualifiers over July and August.
Docherty has just 19 first-team appearances under his belt at Rangers, with those five games this season his only outings during Steven Gerrard’s time as manager.