Steven Gerrard has hinted Jamie Murphy could have a role to play for Rangers in the near future.
Speaking ahead of the Gers’ Europa League clash in his press conference (via Twitter), the manager revealed the winger has been working hard in training and admitted he would not be surprised if the 30-year-old was in his plans in the coming weeks.
An injury update from the manager at today’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/42Sv4FcPPg
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 18, 2019
“He’s showing signs that he’s getting close”, he said to RangersTV. “So, it wouldn’t surprise me if you did see him in the coming weeks.”
“We might have to accelerate pushing him along because of the injuries to Jordan Jones and Ryan Kent, but I’m sure Murph is champing at the bit. He’s waited a long time for a comeback game.”
To say it has been a rather nightmare time for Murphy at Rangers under Gerrard would, perhaps, have to be considered a huge understatement – but that comes with nothing against his manager.
Although he made an impressive start under the current management team with three assists and one goal, the 30-year-old has only been able to make eight appearances for the Liverpool legend during his tenure at Ibrox (Transfermarkt).
Having suffered serious knee ligament damage against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park back in August 2018, he has failed to make a single competitive senior appearance since but has been working hard to regain his fitness and match sharpness with time in the developmental squad this season, whilst being handed minutes in pre-season.
Indeed, the admission by Gerrard could be considered rather surprising though, as he had stated last month that he could send Murphy out on loan because he had concerns about what level the winger was currently at (Daily Record).
However, perhaps, the recent injuries to Kent and Jones (as he mentioned), has changed his mind and given the 30-year-old the opportunity he needs to get back to playing in front of a packed out Ibrox crowd on a regular basis.
It appears Gerrard has had a change of heart regarding Murphy’s place in the team, although it would not be a shock if it were because of the need to include him, rather than the possible desire to do so.
However, it would appear as though things could be in the 30-year-old’s hands about whether he will have a starring role to play for Rangers this season and it seems he has the opportunity to give his manager something to think about should he get the chance.
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