Who is Greg Docherty? The ‘quality’ Rangers midfielder eyed by Sunderland, Charlton and Peterborough

Sunderland are ‘in talks’ with Rangers over a move for midfielder Greg Docherty - but who is the man on Phil Parkinson’s radar?

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 6:30 pm
Who is Greg Docherty?

Here’s everything you need to know about Docherty:

Age: 23

Position: Central Midfielder

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Nationality: Scottish

Career History: Hamilton Academical, Rangers, Shrewsbury Town (loan)

What has his career been like?

Docherty came through the ranks at Hamilton, breaking into their first team in 2012 and quickly making a mark.

He went on to make 108 appearances for the South Lanarkshire side, netting eight times, before sealing a move to Rangers in January 2018.

Things have not gone to plan for Docherty since though, and he has mustered just 19 senior appearances at Ibrox.

The midfielder did, however, impress during a season-long loan spell at Shrewsbury last season - as he scored 10 times in 50 appearances while laying on 11 assists.

He returned to Rangers in the summer, but has struggled to hold down a place in Steven Gerrard’s side - hence the desire to seal a loan move.

What has been said about him?

Sam Ricketts, who managed Docherty at Shrewsbury last year, was full of praise for the ‘quality’ midfielder - and praised all aspects of his game.

“It is not just his running and his pressing, they are excellent, but his goals and all-round game were terrific,” he said.

“When you have got a player that is willing to put that shift in, that will run you 12km in every game, but also do it at his intensity, that is a major asset to any team.

“With Greg, you have his quality at the end of it and that is what makes him a special player.”

What do we know about Sunderland’s interest?

Parkinson confirmed that the Black Cats had held ‘initial talks’ with Rangers over a deal for Docherty - amid reports he was set to agree a half-season loan.

Are any other teams interested?

Interest in Docherty is high - with Charlton Athletic known to be keen admirers.