Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers will hold a crunch meeting with midfielder Greg Docherty before January to discuss his future at Ibrox.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 23-year-old is fighting a difficult battle to force his way into the first-team reckoning under Steven Gerrard with a host of midfield options at the manager’s disposal.

The Light Blues have the likes of Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield to call upon, leaving Docherty with four Europa League qualifying matches and a League Cup game under his belt this season.

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Having seen the former Hamilton man struggle to play since returning from his loan spell at Shrewsbury, McNamara says the club will sit down and discuss what will happen next before the January window opens.

“It’s a tough position to get into, it’s probably where Rangers are strongest, in the midfield area,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“He went on loan last year at Shrewsbury, come back and is waiting for the opportunity but obviously that’s something they’ll look at from both sides and they’ll hold meetings to see if he’s going to get an opportunity.

“We’ve not seen enough of him, we haven’t really what sort of form he’s in. That’s difficult when you’re someone who’s not near the first-team to judge.”

Docherty has a total of 19 first-team appearances under his belt during his time at Ibrox, the majority of those coming under former manager and current reserve team coach Graeme Murty.

Arfield, Aribo, Davis and Jack have been Gerrard’s four favourite midfielders to use this season, the Canadian international with 24 games under his belt across all competitions already.

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