GRAEME MURTY had a wry smile on his face today when he discussed this morning’s training at Auchenhowie and, in particular, a tough but fair tackle from Jordan Rossiter on new signing Greg Docherty!
The manager was delighted with the intensity of today’s session and believes the welcome Docherty received from his Liverpudlian teammate highlighted this.
When asked if the former Hamilton midfielder could make his debut in Sunday’s game away at Ross County, Murty said: “It depends how he trains.
He got a very, very hefty welcome to Rangers from Jordan Rossiter in training earlier but he’s looked sharp, he’s looked bright and training at a very good level.
“But we’ll assess that further towards the game and we’ll make sure that if he is appropriately fit and ready to go, then we give him a chance.
“We’ve got to be respectful to the rest of the group that have been here because Wednesday was good, we just have to make sure that we build on what we’ve done so far and hopefully bringing people like Greg in can hopefully help us do that.”
Lifelong Rangers fan Docherty signed a four-and-a-half year deal yesterday and Murty is thrilled to have the talented 21-year-old on board.
He said: “I’m very pleased. I said all the way through that we were very transparent in what we were trying to do.
“We made an offer and then we worked closely with Hamilton to make sure that offer was acceptable and we got to a level they were happy with, and we are happy to bring a young man in that is very humble, very modest but desperately hungry to do well.
“I think he enjoyed his first training session today. Turning up to the training ground here was a special moment for him and it’s up to us to make sure we give him the proper stage and the proper support to go and realise his potential.
He adds a bit of physicality, he adds legs, he adds the ability to get box-to-box, he’s technically proficient, he’s got a range of passing and typically, or in the past, outstanding midfield players here have been internationals.
“We’ve got Ryan Jack who is an international and that’s Greg’s challenge. His challenge is to be an international player whilst being at Rangers and if he does that then he’ll be on the path to fulfilling some of his potential.
“But we are just going to try and give him a stage to get as far as he possibly can in the game and I’m sure that, as you’ve seen from him talking today, he’s going to do everything he can possibly can to give himself the best chance.”