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‘I’LL LEARN FROM MASTERS,’ DOCHERTY

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GREG DOCHERTY insisted he will learn from former midfield masters Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister in the new season.

The ex-Liverpool duo’s first Premiership campaign as Rangers bosses does not start until August 5 at Aberdeen and they will discover their first-round Europa League opponents in qualifying tomorrow.

Docherty, 21, signed from Hamilton Accies last term, admitted: “I’m hugely excited. For a young midfielder, I’ve obviously looked up to him (Gerrard) as a player and now he’s a manager.

“The guy has been there and done it, won the Champions League and played in the Premier League for so long.

“You’re not captain of Liverpool unless you’re a top player. He was and if I can benefit from playing under him, it’s great for me.

“He was a goalscoring midfielder, that’s what I want to be – an all-rounder, too.

“I can learn off him and Gary McAllister as well – two legends of the game. If I listen to them and take on board what they say, then, hopefully, I can improve.”

Docherty is also confident the players will be ready to go after their rigorous sessions at the club’s Malaga training camp.

He added: “We are really excited, training has been really high. The enthusiasm is there to see from the players and the coaching staff.

“Everybody is raring to go. The second day in and the standard is already a very high level. If it can continue to rise then it’s looking good.

“For the standard to be so high already, then fantastic, it’s only going to stand us in good stead.”

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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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