RANGERS caretaker boss Graeme Murty has told Greg Docherty to stop trying too hard to impress.

The midfielder made his first Premiership start for the Ibrox side when they visited his former club Hamilton Accies yesterday.

Murty was pleased to see Docherty respond to a change in game-plan as the Ibrox men came back from the loss of a goal in five minutes to triumph 5-3 with Josh Windass claiming his second hat-trick of the campaign following his three in the Scottish Cup win at Fraserburgh.

The Ibrox gaffer said: “In the first-half, I think 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, but then you saw the best of him at times.

“He went from that position, won the ball. passed it cleanly and 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.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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