Rangers midfielder Jason Holt has admitted sitting on the sidelines is “frustrating” after losing his place to Greg Docherty in the Gers starting XI – but insists he is working hard to impress Graeme Murty and get back in the side.
Holt was forced to sit out the recent win over Hamilton through suspension leading to Docherty being given a chance to shine – and the former Hamilton star has grabbed his opportunity with both hands.
Murty’s side have won all three games so far since Holt was replaced by Docherty and the 25-year-old is likely to be on the bench again when the Gers face Falkirk in Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final at Ibrox.
Holt also admitted going from stand-in captain to unused substitute in such a short space of time was “difficult” as he tries to force his way back into the starting XI.
“Any time you’re out of the team it’s tough. It can definitely be frustrating,” Holt said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But the only thing you can do is get your head down. You have to work hard in training and impress the gaffer to get back in.
“Obviously I had been captain for a few games and now I’m not playing so it’s difficult.
“I missed one game through suspension and in the two I’ve sat out, the boys have won. That’s what happens in football.”
Holt has made 25 appearances this season for the Light Blues, scoring once and chipping in with seven assists, and has turned out for the Gers a total of 107 times since signing from Hearts in 2015.
The midfielder has lifted the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup at Ibrox but is yet to get his hands on any major silverware.
Football Insider verdict:
Holt might find it frustrating not being in the side but the recent form of Sean Goss and Greg Docherty together in central midfield has left fans and pundits impressed. The former Hearts star will almost certainly have a part to play over the coming weeks and months as the Gers look to get their hands on the Scottish Cup or even seal a shock title win. The change in the midfield dynamic after pairing Goss and Docherty have helped the Light Blues over the last few weeks and given Murty’s side a new energy in the centre of the pitch.