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26th Mar, 2018 | 12:30pm

Rangers 21-yr-old has huge chance to nail down first-team spot as senior star nears return

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Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has become a big part of Graeme Murty’s side since his January move from Hamilton – and the 21-year-old can use the next few games to nail down his starting XI place despite the likes of Ross McCrorie and Graham Dorrans returning from injury.

Docherty’s performances in central midfield have won rave reviews from fans and pundits alike but the Scotland Under-21 star will face serious competition for the first time when Dorrans and McCrorie are fit again.

After Sean Goss’ performances dropped off in the last few games, Graeme Murty is likely to axe the German-born midfielder before Docherty but with McCrorie and senior star Dorrans having been integral parts of the team before their injury both could end up making way.

The 21-year-old midfielder has hit the ground running at Ibrox and will need to be at the top of his game going into the upcoming Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

Docherty has drawn comparisons with Gers icon Ian Ferguson after the bright star he has made to his career although the former Hamilton ace has a long, long way until he achieves even a fraction of what Ferguson did at Ibrox.

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There’s little question Docherty has the ability to have a fantastic career with his boyhood heroes but the 21-year-old will need to really step up and perform in the coming weeks and keep his place in the starting XI.

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