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Greg Docherty’s Rangers move nearing completion

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A done deal? Not quite, but it’s getting there.

2017 Scottish Premiership Dundee v Hamilton Oct 28th Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images

Greg Docherty is likely to soon be a Rangers player after negotiations with Hamilton made progress today, according to usually reliable Twitter sources.

The general chat among the better-informed accounts is that a second bid is imminent, and the deal looks like it will be going ahead pretty soon.

Docherty should be a great signing for the club - a remarkably complete central midfielder for his age and somebody that we could get a lot of value and years from. However, with the squad currently overstocked with central midfielders, it’s not clear exactly how he’d fit in just yet.

At Hamilton, Docherty tends to play in the middle, not the furthest back or furthest forward midfielder. He could probably do a job in the latter role, but dictating play and driving from the centre of the park is his general game, and it’s hard to see him displacing Ryan Jack.

Most likely, we’d expect that he’ll fill Jason Holt’s role in the squad and on the pitch - and should be a significant upgrade with his vastly superior ability with the ball at his feet and greater range of passing.

Preston were also rumoured to be in the mix for the player, but it’s not clear whether that was simply theorised on the basis that Alex Neil is their manager. Overall though, things are looking very promising for this one.