Rangers manager Graeme Murty has a week to get his team selection spot-on for the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Celtic – but the Gers boss must axe 21-year-old midfielder Greg Docherty from the starting XI.
Docherty has made a solid start to his Ibrox career but after his recent performances saw a noticeable dip, the 21-year-old simply cannot be handed a start against Brendan Rodgers’ side at the national stadium.
Graham Dorrans is almost certain to start in central midfield and if Murty decides to persist with the two-man midfield he has used recently then Andy Halliday should come in and replace Docherty – although Jordan Rossiter would have been an even better pick, but after not kicking a ball in months it would be too big a gamble to bring the Englishman in.
Docherty was replaced by Halliday midway through the second-half of the 4-0 win over Dundee on Saturday, with Halliday doing more in the 30 minutes he was on than Docherty has in the previous hour.
The Light Blues need to make sure they keep everything simple in midfield against Rodgers’ side and try to shield the likely defensive pairing of Russell Martin and Ross McCrorie.
Docherty should go on and enjoy a fantastic career at Ibrox but after only arriving a few months ago, the Scotland Under-21 international is not yet at the point where he can be relied on to go into an Old Firm and not let the occasion pass him by – like his derby debut earlier this month.
The former Hamilton star will probably still have some part to play if Murty’s side are to take a step closer to their first major title since 2011 but it should not be as part of the starting XI.
In other Rangers news, Celtic are in the running to sign this former Light Blues player in a shock summer transfer.