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Rangers reportedly suffer setback in pursuit of January deal

Rangers supporters have been particularly quiet in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side go down 3-1 at home to St Johnstone on Saturday, thus bringing to an end a four-match winning run in the Scottish Premiership.

Graeme Murty’s men have significantly improved in recent weeks with two victories over Aberdeen as well as successes against Ross County and Hibernian, but they were second-best at Ibrox on Saturday to suffer a fifth defeat of the campaign. The Gers did take an early lead through Alfredo Morelos, but that was as good as it got for the home faithful as goals from Blair Alston, Denny Johnstone, and Graham Cummins sealed a 3-1 win for Tommy Wright’s side, who in turn moved into seventh place in the Scottish Premiership table, while Rangers slipped to third.

Subsequently, there have been many downbeat Gers fans in the Tavern in recent times, and their mood is unlikely to improve if a recent report from The Argus is anything to go by, which details comments from Brighton boss Chris Hughton regarding the future of Rangers target Jamie Murphy.

The 28-year-old winger made the move to the AMEX Stadium back in 2015 and has since made 83 appearances for the Seagulls, 35 of which came last season to help the South Coast outfit win promotion to the Premier League.

However, the Scotsman has managed just four league appearances this term and none since their 1-0 win over Newcastle United back in September, and as such speculation has been building regarding his future with Rangers reportedly interested in bringing him to Ibrox.

Nonetheless, Brighton chief Hughton has played down rumours linking Murphy with a move away, saying: ‘No. At this moment, if I am looking at the options I have in the wide areas, it’s been unfortunate for Jamie. Because of what we’ve had and no injuries in that area.

‘He is still very much part of our plans. It only takes a lack of form, an injury or a couple of injuries and then he is very much back in the squad.’

And these comments are unlikely to delight our resident Rangers fans, what with their side facing a clear battle to land the 28-year-old wing wizard in January.

Landlord’s verdict: Things were a lot brighter at Rangers in the weeks gone by, what with the club embarking on a four-match winning streak under Graeme Murty.

However, their 3-1 defeat to St Johnstone on Saturday further underlined the need for reinforcements in the January transfer window, but one man they look set to miss out on is Brighton’s Jamie Murphy, with whom they have been linked in the past few months.

The winger has struggled for regular football at the AMEX Stadium but manager Chris Hughton wants to retain the 28-year-old, leaving the Gers with a fight to bring him to Ibrox.

But with Murphy reportedly being a lifelong Rangers fans, it might not take too much to convince him of the move, but whether they can convince Brighton to part with the Scotsman remains to be seen.

Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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