Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty has told the Daily Record that he is a better player for his loan spell away from the club.
The 22-year-old has spent the season on loan at Shrewsbury Town in League One. Docherty has helped himself to nine goals and 11 assists in all competitions.
His eyes are drifting towards the potential prize of first-team football back at Ibrox, however.
The ex-Hamilton man has 14 Rangers appearances under his belt and he is determined to win over boss Steven Gerrard upon his return to the club.
He told the Daily Record: “I feel like I’m a better player but it’s up to me to show that. I won’t get ahead of myself.”
Docherty has three years left on his deal at Rangers and Gerrard is a manager who has put his faith in youth on occasions this season.
Watching the team during his time away from Ibrox has got the juices flowing for another opportunity for the midfielder.
He continued: “The contract is there and I have time on my side.
“I’m backing the boys and they are a great bunch. I’ve watched from afar and seen how they play. The midfield is strong at the moment but I’m realistic and you’ve got to back yourself.”
Docherty also claims the big games with Celtic and the European nights are what gives him the fire to become a success back in Scotland.
He said: “I have watched the big games this season and it gives me that fire that I really want to push on.”
Docherty speaks with great passion when it comes to Rangers.
Unfortunately for him, Gerrard didn’t see him integral to his plans this season. The task for Docherty is to enjoy a solid pre-season and force his way into the reckoning.
Shrewsbury have loved having the 22-year-old within their ranks and he has become a key player in League One.
He will hope to keep the Shrews in the division and then return to Ibrox with bigger fish to fry.
The midfield department is sound at Rangers and Docherty knows he will have to work hard to even stand a chance of forcing his way into the team.