GERS GO FOR A GREGS; IBROX SWOOP; But Accies hold out for PS600k Doc feeAccies seeking PS600k for Doc.
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HAMILTON are ready to play hardball after Rangers made their move for Greg Docherty.
The Ibrox side have opened talks over a proposed PS600,000 deal for the Scotland Under-21 midfielder.
Docherty is contracted to Accies until summer 2020 but new Gers boss Graeme Murty wants the youngster to be part of a January recruitment drive and negotiations will continue over the weekend.
Hamilton chairman Ronnie MacDonald admitted a tentative approach has been made but no offer has yet been submitted for a player whose displays have caught the eye of clubs on both sides of the border.
He said: "A member of my board was contacted by a Rangers official on Friday afternoon to state their interest in Greg.
"He was passed my number if he wanted to take it further and as yet there has been no contact.
"I don't deal in verbals.
Unless there is an email waiting for me with an offer which has a figure there is no news. We'll wait and see what develops but there is obvious interest in Greg."
Cardiff are also on Docherty's trail with boss Neil Warnock ready to try to lure the Accies academy graduate to the English Championship.
But a switch to Rangers would be the preferred option for the highly-rated powerhouse who has racked up more than 100 appearances for Martin Canning's side since making his debut in 2013 aged 16. Murty has already signed Jamie Murphy and Sean Goss on loan since the transfer window opened and he's determined to add Docherty's steel and energy to his midfield.
Rangers kicked off the Florida Cup with a 1-0 win over Atletico Mineiro in the early hours of yesterday, with Murphy and Goss making their debuts.
Despite picking up a knock late on Andy Halliday will be fit for their second game against Corinthians tonight.
Murty also revealed crocked trio Bruno Alves, Ross McCrorie and Ryan Jack will be assessed once they're back in Glasgow.
He added: "The new guys and returning guys have integrated really well.
"Sean has even more to come. But he's shown a lovely array of passing. When he learns how we want to play he'll be slicker.
"Against Atletico you saw some of the things Jamie can do. The way he receives the ball, he has a subtle body swerve full-backs hate. The attacking talent we have now gives us a multitude of options.
"Bruno is in Portugal getting treatment and will be back for assessment when we fly home. Ross and Ryan are the same, they'll get scanned when we go back. It's too early to say how long they'll be out.
"I don't want to put pressure on them if they don't make our next game."
DOC THE TALK Greg Docherty's the target as Gers open their bid