Jamie Murphy faces a fight to save his Rangers career, according to a report by Football Insider.
It has been claimed Steven Gerrard is not convinced that the winger has been able to fully recover from the knee injuries that have cost him a lot of playing time.
There are suggestions that Murphy could have to spend an extra six months on the sidelines because of the concerns held by the management team at Ibrox as they do not feel he is back to the level he was prior to the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in August last year.
As mentioned in the report by Football Insider, Murphy has not played a competitive football match for over a year, and as such, has had a torrid time on the sidelines whilst trying to recover from the injury he sustained against Kilmarnock 12 months or so ago.
However, in truth, it is hardly surprising that the 30-year-old could have a tough battle on his hands to save his Rangers career.
Gerrard has added a number of wing prospects to his squad since arriving at Ibrox a year ago and the position appears to be rather congested with some quality options to choose from.
The Light Blues can call upon the likes of Ryan Kent, Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker, Sheyi Ojo and Eros Grezda, whilst the likes of Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield are both versatile enough to play in a wider position if required (Transfermarkt).
There could also be a rather clear indication that Murphy’s chances of playing for Rangers once again being rather slim as he was left out of the club’s Europa League squad list for the upcoming group games with Feyenoord, BSC Young Boys and Porto on Thursday nights and will not be allowed to play unless Gerrard makes changes to the team, should they qualify for the knockout stages (Daily Record).
Murphy appears to have a real battle on his hands if he is to try and convince Gerrard that his knee troubles are something of the past, although getting the opportunity to prove it to him might be a little difficult.
As mentioned, Rangers have plenty of quality options available to choose from in the wide positions whilst the 30-year-old’s omission from the Europa League squad is, perhaps, a rather telltale sign that the Scotland international does not have much of a future at Ibrox.
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