MIDFIELDER Greg Docherty relished the chance to walk out of the tunnel at Ibrox this afternoon after returning from his season on loan at Shrewsbury Town.
The 22-year-old played 60 minutes in the 5-0 win over Oxford United and was pleased with the performance from the squad.
He said: “I think it took maybe 10 minutes for us to settle in and for the new boys to get used to the surroundings but from there on in I thought we dominated and obviously scoring five goals, it is always going to be a good day.
“It is still so early on but for us the competitive games are starting now so there is going to be a lot of competition for places and the boys know they are going to have to put in a performance and the manager touched on that before the game.
“I think the clean sheet is massive as well, we touched on that before the game too and I don’t think they threatened too much but we really dominated the game and put on a show for the fans who came out.
“It was a great turnout for a pre-season friendly and it really spurred us on so overall it was a good performance.”
Docherty was delighted to return to Ibrox after his season on loan playing in League One in England.
He added: “It was special to walk out the tunnel again. It has been on my mind for a long time and I have been working towards it but I am not getting too carried away.
“Obviously it is still so early on and it is a friendly but I will always cherish these moments when I walk out that tunnel in front of the fans.
“I want to keep improving and keep showing that I am a different player and that I am better for my year away.
“I think maturing off the pitch was the main thing I learned and just being relied on by my teammates to go and produce something. You are always representing Rangers wherever you go so you carry that badge with pride and honour that you are a Rangers player.”
The squad now look ahead to Tuesday night’s Europa League first round qualifier against St Joseph’s and Docherty feels the players are ready for the busy fixture schedule.
He said: “The games are going to come round thick and fast but it is going to be good. I am particularly looking forward to playing St Joseph’s here at Ibrox, I think it will be close to a sell out and it will be great for us but we have to get Tuesday out the way first.
“It will be difficult and a tough task but we are really looking forward to it.
“We have been preparing for it for a while with the sports scientists and the staff. Tonight the game is done but straight away you are recovering the best you can for Tuesday.
“We’ve got to recover, that’s just the way it is but we are looking forward to it.”
The midfielder hopes he has done enough to push for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting eleven.
He added: “I think I came back in better shape fitness wise and I think I have performed in the games leading up to this one and I think I have performed at a high standard in training so it is just about being confident and believing in myself.
“The manager has said that as well just to go and do my thing and show why I picked up a few accolades last year.
“I feel better for it so I’ll go and push the boys that are ahead of me and try and get in the team.”