Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has won a host of new admirers since his move from Hamilton to Ibrox in January – but Gers boss Graeme Murty should axe the 21-year-old for the weekend clash with Dundee.
Docherty has been off the boil a little in recent weeks and with the likes of Ross McCrorie, Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter available again then the Gers boss should look to get them as much game-time as possible ahead of the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic.
The Scotland Under-21 international is going to be a big player for the Gers in the next few years but in recent weeks the Gers have struggled to get the midfield balance right and need to find a way to open up as many options as possible for Murty.
When it comes time for the Old Firm, Docherty will likely be one of the first names on Murty’s teamsheet but the Gers boss should use Saturday’s home clash with Dundee to give Dorrans, McCrorie and/or Rossiter a chance to build their match fitness up ahead of the trip to Hampden.
With Dorrans playing 90 minutes against Motherwell last weekend, and Josh Windass potentially missing through injury against Dundee, it could open up space for Murty to fit all three of his returning midfielder into the side by moving Dorrans further forward into the number 10 role.
The Gers need to come away from Saturday’s game with three points in the race to secure second-place in the Scottish Premiership table – but with the Gers having waited seven years to lift a major trophy, the Old Firm semi-final with Celtic represents the Light Blues last chance at stopping that being extended to an eighth year and Murty faces a tough balancing act in preparing for the two must-win games.
While Docherty is a good bet to start the April 15th Scottish Cup clash, axing him for the visit of Neil McCann’s side on Saturday might just give the Gers the best chance of winning.