Date: 6th July 2019 at 8:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara says it looks like Steven Gerrard has big plans for Greg Docherty at Rangers after returning from his loan spell away from Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland star claims that Ross McCrorie’s loan move to Portsmouth, which was confirmed on Friday, is a sign that Docherty will have a part to play during the upcoming campaign.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with League One side Shrewsbury Town, playing 50 times across all competitions and eventually finishing 18th in England’s third tier.

With plenty of options already at Gerrard’s disposal in the middle of the park, McNamara says McCrorie’s departure and Docherty’s return means the latter has forced himself up the pecking order at Ibrox.

McNamara told Football Insider: “There’s some coming back from injury like (Graham) Dorrans, (Jamie) Murphy doesn’t look too far away – they are quite heavy in that midfield area.

“Docherty’s back as well that was on loan. The fact that he’s brought him back, I think he doesn’t send him out on loan or sell him.

“He’s put another lad out, he’s put (Ross) McCrorie out, so it suggests he’s (Docherty) done well to get an opportunity and be in the squad.”

Docherty has played 14 times for Rangers since joining from Hamilton in the January transfer window of 2018 and is yet to find the back of the net for the Light Blues.

He faces competition from the likes of Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara, Andy Halliday and Ryan Jack in the middle of the park.

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