Rangers are reportedly ready to cut ties with ex-Preston target Greg Docherty.
Preston often do business in January; in fact, some of our best signings in recent years have come in the winter window.
Ben Pearson, Daniel Johnson and Tom Barkhuizen all arrived mid-season, whilst North End were busy in the last winter window with deals for Connor Ripley, Joe Rafferty, Brad Potts, Josh Ginnelly and Jayden Stockley.
Back in 2018, Preston did want Ryan Ledson to become another January signing. Oxford United stood firm and rejected North End’s offers, holding until the summer, when Ledson did finally make his move to Preston.
North End could have moved for another midfielder, but stayed patient and got their man. It’s still interesting to see what became of those other players Preston considered, such as Greg Docherty.
The Daily Record noted that Preston wanted Docherty from Hamilton Academical, having previously worked under Alex Neil with the Accies. Rangers ended up securing his signature for £650,000, with North End seemingly missing out.
Now, whether Hamilton used North End and Neil to pressure Rangers into a deal – just as they did with Michael Devlin and Aberdeen – is unclear, but Docherty looks set to become available again.
Ibrox Noise and Football Insider both claim that Rangers are ready to let Docherty go in January, which isn’t a huge shock. The 23-year-old has played just six times this season, with no league appearances to his name.
Docherty may now have to give up on his Rangers dream, with Championship clubs keen. Having been interested before, would Preston be keen on another move?
On the one hand, Docherty ticks some boxes. He’s young, he’s got great energy and determination, and he impressed in League One last season as a box-to-box midfielder with 10 goals and 11 assists on loan at Shrewsbury Town.
However, there just doesn’t appear to be room for Docherty right now. Preston have a number of midfielders; Ben Pearson, Ryan Ledson, Paul Gallagher, Tom Bayliss, Alan Browne, Daniel Johnson, Brad Potts…there just isn’t a spot for Docherty anymore.
Neil may well rate him highly, and his availability is tempting, but North End have limited funds – and spending to lure Docherty away from Ibrox doesn’t really make sense with Preston’s current squad, even if he is a real talent with potential.