Noel Whelan urged Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty to change his mind about wanting to join an English Championship side this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds United striker admitted Docherty will look desperate if no Championship side comes in for him.
Football Insider recently revealed that the Gers player wants to join a Championship side as it’s seen as being a similar level to the top of the Scottish Premiership and because he feels he’s already proven himself at League One level.
League One outfit Shrewsbury Town and Peterborough United have registered an interest in signing him, while Championship side Hull City are keeping tabs on him.
Whelan urged Docherty just to abandon his stance on his exit and instead ensure he joins a club on loan who will regularly play him.
“If someone wants a Championship club and no Championship clubs come in for you, it looks desperate,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“That’s the thing, you can’t sell yourself, you sell yourself with your performances and if you’re good enough, you don’t need to put yourself out there, clubs will be coming in.
“If there are no clubs, no offers on the table, then you haven’t done enough, simple as that.
“It doesn’t make any difference that you’ve been at Shrewsbury, that’s not Championship football.
“That’s a step-down, there’s a different level of performances for a Championship player and you need to do a little bit more to be recognised.
“But it looks desperate just to want a Championship club, if someone comes in and wants a loan move, get yourself playing football then see what happens.”
Docherty has struggled for game time this season, with Steven Gerrard opting to only play him six times.
The attack-minded midfielder spent his 2018/19 campaign on loan with League One’s Shrewsbury Town, and he managed to score 10 goals as well as register 11 assists in 50 appearances for them.
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