Murty challenges new Rangers signing to follow in footsteps of team-mate
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has challenged new signing Greg Docherty to follow in Ibrox team-mate Ryan Jack’s footsteps and force his way into the Scotland side after sealing a move to the Light Blues.
Docherty penned a four-and-a-half year deal with the Gers on Thursday to finalise his switch to his boyhood heroes after starring for Hamilton since making his debut at 17.
The 21-year-old has been involved with the Scotland Under-21 side under Scot Gemmill in recent months as a result of his form for Accies and Murty has thrown the gauntlet down for him to break into the senior squad.
“Typically in the past, outstanding Rangers midfield players have been internationals. Right now we have Ryan Jack who is an international and that is Greg’s challenge,” Murty said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“His challenge is to become an international player while at Rangers and if he does that then he will be on the path to fulfilling some of his potential.
“But we’re just going to try to give him the stage to get as far as he can in the game. I’m sure he is going to do everything he possibly can to get himself the best chance.”
Jack made his Scotland debut in November against Holland – months after moving to Ibrox from Aberdeen – while Graham Dorrans has won 12 caps for the Scots.
With a packed midfield at Ibrox, Docherty will face a fight to force his way into a regular place in Graeme Murty’s starting XI.
Despite only being 21, Docherty has made over 100 appearances for Hamilton – with over 90 of them coming in the Scottish Premiership – so is a fairly experienced campaigner.
The 21-year-old could make his Rangers debut on Sunday when the Gers face Owen Coyle’s Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.
In other Rangers news, Murty has confirmed the club are looking to get more deals over the line before Wednesday’s deadline.