RANGERS are today delighted to announce the signing of talented midfielder Greg Docherty from Hamilton Academical.

The midfielder signs for the Gers on a four and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old playmaker successfully completed a medical and moves to Ibrox after scoring three goals in 25 appearances for Accies this season.

Docherty, a lifelong Rangers fan and Scotland Under-21 international, made his Accies debut against Alloa in the Scottish Championship on 7 December 2013.

He was just 17 at that point and since then his work rate, physical strength and ability to create and score goals have won him many admirers.

Following Rangers’ superb 2-0 home victory over Aberdeen last night, manager Graeme Murty was thrilled to confirm that a deal had been struck to bring the youngster to Ibrox.

He said: “It’s another bit of business for another young, hungry player desperate to enhance our group.

“When you see the players gelling and the improvements we’ve made, it’s an exciting time for players – and for me as a manager.

“I want to manage people who are hungry to improve.”

Martin Canning rates Docherty as highly as James McCarthy and James McArthur, who now play for Everton and Crystal Palace in England’s Premier League after coming through the youth ranks at New Douglas Park.

The Hamilton boss recently said: “He’s as good as those two, particularly James McArthur. He’s similar with his strength and power.

“He’s been a productive player for us and a big goal threat but this club’s ethos is not to stand in a player’s way.

“I think Greg will do well at Ibrox as he’s got all the attributes, he’s level-headed and very mature for his age.

“He’s creative, he scores goals, he has a bright future in front of him and I wish him all the best.”

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