Rangers supporters have been in reasonably high spirits in the Transfer Tavern over the New Year after seeing their side end a tricky 2017 with a hard-fought 0-0 draw in the Old Firm derby at Celtic on Saturday.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with the Bhoys at Celtic Park off the back of beating Motherwell 2-0 a few days earlier, which saw them reduce the gap between themselves and Brendan Rodgers’ side to 11 points. However, the Gers were unable to eat further into that deficit by playing out a goalless draw with the Scottish Premiership leaders on Saturday, although the performance and indeed the fight did at least bring the curtain down on 2017 in a positive manner despite what was on the whole a troubling year for Rangers.
And with no game until January 21, much of the focus of our resident Gers fans is on the January transfer window, which is why several of them are in particularly fine voice at present as a recent report from The Daily Mail suggests that a deal to bring Jamie Murphy to Ibrox is close to completion.
The Brighton winger has struggled for gametime under Chris Hughton since the Seagulls’ promotion to the Premier League last season, with the 28-year-old having made just four league appearances so far this term, and none since the end of September.
And having failed to feature in a matchday squad since their 1-0 success over Newcastle United on September 24, speculation has been building regarding the Scotsman’s future, and recent reports suggest that Rangers are on the verge of bringing Murphy north of the border.
And with a move seemingly imminent, in a deal believed to be in excess of £1 million, it looks as though Rangers are making a statement of intent in the early stages of the winter window.
Landlord’s verdict: 2017 was a tricky year for Rangers supporters, what with Pedro Caixinha overseeing an ill-fated reign which has subsequently seen them fall further behind Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
However, the Gers appear to be starting 2018 on the right note as reports suggest that they are close to completing a deal for Brighton winger Jamie Murphy, a 28-year-old boyhood Rangers fan who has failed to appear for the Seagulls since the end of September.
And with the fee believed to be in excess of £1 million, Graeme Murty’s side are certainly making their intentions clear at the start of the year as they hope for much better fortunes in the coming 12 months.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!