19 Feb Murty urges Docherty to relax as new signing adapts to life at Rangers
Graeme Murty has told new Rangers recruit Greg Docherty to relax after admitting the midfielder is trying too hard to become an instant hit.
The 21-year-old former Hamilton ace was back at the SuperSeal Stadium on Sunday just three weeks after sealing his £675,000 Ibrox switch.
But it was a sticky start for Docherty on his full Light Blues league debut as his mistake gifted former Accies colleague Darren Lyon the fifth-minute opener.
However, the Scotland Under-21 cap eventually grew into the action and played a key role as Gers recovered to claim a 5-3 win.
Boss Murty revealed he had to restrict Docherty’s role after the break but was pleased to see his deadline day signing respond well.
Now he has told the youngster to give himself time to get up to speed with life at Rangers.
He said: “I think in the first half he was guilty of feeling the occasion a little bit too much. He was trying to be everything and everyone and everywhere across the pitch.
“So I tried to restrain his role in the second half so he could see the game in front of him a lot more, he was more structured, and you then saw the best of him at times.
“He went from that position, won the ball and passed it cleanly – and he was much, much better.
“But his challenge now is to be cleaner and tidier on the ball. He needs to complete more passes and needs to shift the ball faster.
“At the moment he is trying to be almost too precise and too much to be a Rangers player – he’s going to grow into that.
“All he needs to do now is trust himself. If he sees a pass, go and complete it. It’s almost like he’s taking a second touch to make sure he completes the pass.
“He doesn’t need to. He just needs to trust his ability. Our training, the tempo we play at and the players we have will improve him.
“That was his first league game. It was a nice game for him but we’re just seeing him at the very start of his Rangers career. Greg will get better from here.”
Docherty made himself an Accies hero last term when he rescued them from the drop by netting the play-off winner against Dundee United.
But that was all forgotten about as a small section of the Hamilton support booed his every touch during the defeat to Gers.
“That’s football isn’t it,” said Docherty’s former boss Martin Canning. “You can be one person’s hero one week then move teams and become the enemy.
“I don’t think the boos was unanimous though. Football is about opinions and some people will always see things differently to others.
“I’ve always said that from a club point of view, Greg did everything right.
“He worked hard, gave this club everything and when the opportunity came to move on the club got rewarded financially and Greg got rewarded by moving to a huge club.”