Charlton Athletic are looking to seal the signature of Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty after edging ahead of Sunderland in the race to sign the former Shrewsbury man on loan, according to the Glasgow Times.
Docherty has struggled to establish himself within the title-chasing Rangers side this campaign, and it is now understood that Steven Gerrard will allow the 23-year-old to depart Ibrox for the remainder of the season in order to gain more playing time.
Sunderland were initially thought to be leading the race to sign the midfielder, while Shrewsbury have also shown an interest following Docherty’s successful stint at the club last term, but it is now believed Charlton are in pole position to land his services.
The former Hamilton man has made just five appearances for Gerrard’s side this campaign, and he now appears destined to make another move south for the second half of the season with the Addicks desperate to bolster their injury-plagued squad.
Here, we take a closer look at Docherty’s statistics from his stint at Shrewsbury last term…
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Docherty quickly established himself as a key player during his time at Shrewsbury, with the multi-faceted midfielder making a total of 50 appearances for the League One outfit last term, during which time he played an impressive 3836 minutes of action.
The 23-year-old showcased the attacking contribution he is capable of making from the centre of the park by finding the net of 10 occasions for Sam Ricketts’ side, while he also proved his creative edge by notching up 11 assists in all competitions.
The Rangers man’s performances were often characterised by plenty of energy, and while composure on the ball is certainly an area where he could improve going forward, he still manage to register a respectable 71.6% pass completion rate last season.
The extent of Docherty’s energetic performances can be noted in the fact he recorded an average of 5.42 dribbles per game last season, with this suggesting the dynamic midfielder is always looking to drive his side forward at every opportunity.
Docherty’s record of 3.47 interceptions per game also reflects the midfielder’s ability to read the game so well, with this going to show how the Rangers man can have a notable impact for his side across all areas of the pitch.
Overall, Docherty could well be the right man to add plenty of energy and creativity to Charlton’s midfield, with this being a necessity following Conor Gallagher’s departure, and it is clear to see why Bowyer is now targeting the former Shrewsbury man to replace him.