Rangers supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern recently after their side concluded a turbulent 2017 in encouraging fashion with a 0-0 draw away at Old Firm rivals Celtic last weekend.
Graeme Murty’s men suffered successive defeats at the hands of St Johnstone and Kilmarnock prior to Christmas and as such doom and gloom was again evident among our resident Gers fans, but former Reading and Southampton defender Murty picked his side up to beat Motherwell on December 27. And the Scottish giants then secured a credible draw with a performance from which to build upon against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic on Saturday, albeit it leaves Rangers 11 points adrift of the Bhoys heading into the second half of the season.
Consequently, there have been many optimistic Gers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be further encouraged by a recent report from The Scottish Sun, which suggests that a deal to bring Jamie Murphy to Ibrox ‘could’ be completed by the end of Thursday.
The 28-year-old has struggled for regular football at Premier League side Brighton this term having not featured for Chris Hughton’s team since their 1-0 win over Newcastle United back in September – in fact, he hasn’t even made a matchday squad since that clash.
As such, speculation has been building about his future and Rangers have been one side repeatedly linked with the winger, and recent reports suggest that a deal ‘could’ take place to bring the Scotsman and boyhood Gers fans north of the border as early as this afternoon.
And with Murty’s side clearly in need of reinforcements to begin bridging that gap to rivals Celtic, it’s a deal which is likely to be well received by Gers fans should it be completed in the coming hours.
Landlord’s verdict: Brighton’s Jamie Murphy has been linked with a move to Rangers for a long time such is have been his struggles at the AMEX Stadium, and a deal may well be close to completion.
Reports suggest that the 28-year-old ‘could’ make the move to Ibrox as early as today in what would surely be a huge boost to manager Graeme Murty, who has led the side to seven wins in 12 games to help steady the ship following Pedro Caixinha’s turbulent reign.
Ultimately, it certainly looks as though things are heading in the right direction at Ibrox, and landing Murphy is likely to add even greater encouragement to our resident Rangers fans.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!