By Richard Parks
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to hail Greg Docherty for his performance in their 6-1 Scottish Cup win against Ayr United on Sunday.
The central midfielder was handed his first start for the Light Blues and played the full 90 minutes as they overcame a poor start to ultimately overwhelm the League One side.
Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass both scored twice, and further goals from Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings helped Rangers comfortably cancel out Alan Forrest’s shock opener at Somerset Park.
Docherty was paired in central midfield with fellow January arrival Sean Goss, who has settled in well since his loan move from Queens Park Rangers.
The former Hamilton player replaced Jason Holt in the starting XI as manager Graeme Murty made some changes from the side that beat Partick Thistle 2-0 in midweek.
The Ibrox faithful were impressed by the full debut of Docherty, and claimed on social media that he was especially effective in the second period.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Sean Goss was fabulous today, thought Docherty came into his own in second half, the two linked up well. Would like to see more of it.. Murty has to start Cummings and Morelos together when both available
— Greig Cullen (@GCullen90) February 11, 2018
Greg Docherty the one to lead the walk as usual. PASSION????????????
— Jordan Moore (@jordan1701moore) February 11, 2018
I don’t think he will Gordon he is a more direct player Declan john, was impressed by goss and docherty.
— Bob G (@bobg611) February 11, 2018
That is the team we should be sticking to from now on! Docherty is better than Holt, and playing 2 up top is better!
— S A Y E R S Y (@sayersy1872) February 11, 2018
I know we were playing Ayr but today Murty must realise how blatantly obvious it is that Cummings and Morelos should start together and that Docherty/Goss > Holt/Goss.
— Stu (@_stuhamilton) February 11, 2018
Said from the get go Goss is silky and has hit the ground running I feel. Range of passing is top drawer. Docherty second half came to life. Apart from mistake for their goal. Near perfect performance especially with shite pitch. #EasyDayOut
— Fraser T MacIntosh (@Frase_MacIntosh) February 11, 2018
Well done to Docherty today on his first start and full 90mins. He did well, he’s going to be a very good player for us
— Cheryl (@gers_chick) February 11, 2018
Docherty is class when played in the correct position
— gregmcarthur (@gregmcarthur97) February 11, 2018
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that a key first teamer has sensationally asked to leave after the board failed to stick to their promise of giving him a new deal during the transfer window.