Hamilton manager Martin Canning thinks Greg Docherty was “great” for the Accies and insists the 21-year-old done “everything professionally and properly” before his transfer to Rangers at the end of the January transfer window.
Docherty signed for his boyhood heroes after a fairly lengthy pursuit finally ended with the midfielder officially confirmed as a Rangers player hours after he expected to be running out to play for Hamilton.
Docherty will make his return to New Douglas Park on Sunday when the Gers face Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership and Canning hopes the Scotland Under-21 star gets a good reception.
“Greg was great for the club and he worked hard for the club,” Canning said, as quoted by BT Sport.
“He had been here since he was a young boy at eight or nine. So I would hope he would get a good reception.
“He did everything professionally and properly.
“The club have benefited financially from him going so it is not as if Greg was awkward or wanted to force a move. It was an offer that came in and the club negotiated and got it to where they thought it was fair and Greg moved on.
“That is part of the process and that is football, people move on and come back and play against you.
“For me, I hope he gets a good reception.”
The midfielder made his first start in last weekend’s 6-1 Scottish Cup demolition of League One high-flyers Ayr United and is expected to remain in the starting XI thanks to Jason Holt’s suspension for Sunday’s clash.
Docherty made over 100 appearances for Hamilton before his Rangers move after breaking through from the Accies’ Academy as a teenager and becoming a first-team regular.
The 21-year-old was one of six new signings at Ibrox in January as Jason Cummings, Jamie Murphy, Sean Goss, Glenn Middleton and Russell Martin all signed for the Gers as manager Graeme Murty and director of football Mark Allen revamped the Light Blues squad.