Greg Docherty has admitted he finds it hard to watch Rangers on the European stage, as he commits to his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town.
Graeme Murty was keen to give the 22-year-old plenty of game time after signing the midfielder from Hamilton in January, however, Steven Gerrard appeared more hesitant upon his arrival.
The Liverpool legend decided a temporary move to England’s League One would benefit Docherty in the long run.
And it hasn’t taken Docherty long to impress, with the Accies product scoring three goals and contributing two assists in his 10 appearances thus far.
However, the boyhood Gers fan has found it difficult to watch his parent club top their Europa League group without him.
“I’ve watched the European games and it’s been hard,” Docherty told the Scottish Sun.
The atmosphere seemed amazing and those are the type of matches I’ve always dreamed of being involved in, so it was tough not being there.
“I went on the first two European trips to Macedonia and Croatia and it was tough as, while I was delighted for the guys getting a couple of great results, I wanted to be contributing.”
Docherty also revealed he’s been in contact with Gerrard regarding his performances and that the club have left his kit and locker untouched since his departure.
“The gaffer told me any time I’m up visiting, I should pop in. He said he wants me still to be around the place.”
Docherty added, “My kit and my locker’s still there and the last time I was up on a day off, I popped in to use the gym and had a quick chat with him and the staff.
“I’d scored the weekend before and the gaffer mentioned it.
“It’s nice to know he’s keeping an eye on me.”
One thing is for sure, if Docherty continues to shine during his loan spell, it won’t be long before he’s back in the reckoning for European nights at Ibrox.