Alan Hutton claims that Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty is at a “crossroads” in his career and that he could look at leaving Ibrox sooner rather than later.
The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the versatile midfielder, who has operated in a variety of positions for the Light Blues, may need to consider switching clubs after struggling to make an impact under Steven Gerrard.
The 23-year-old spent nearly all of last season on loan at League One side Shrewsbury Town, impressing in the middle of the park with 10 goals from his 50 appearances.
While Hutton says there is clearly something Gerrard sees in the Scottish under-21 international, the player himself may be looking at a potential move away to further his career and development.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s difficult. He obviously rates him because if he didn’t rate him he wouldn’t be there. He must see something in him.
“I think he’s a good player, he went on loan to Shrewsbury and did well but he’s come back and there’s so much competition, that’s what it boils down to. Whatever club you’re at, it doesn’t matter what team, there’s going to be competition and obviously Gerrard feels at the moment that there’s people in front of him.
“It’s a difficult situation but as a player, it happens everywhere. You either want to stay and prove to him you’re capable to play week in, week out or you have to make the decision to move on for your career. He’s a player at that crossroads where he has to make that decision.”
Docherty has played 19 times for Rangers since signing from Hamilton, with the majority of those appearances coming during Graeme Murty’s spell as manager.
He has over 100 Premiership games under his belt during his time with Hamilton and the Gers but not one of those has come during the current campaign.