Rangers supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team move up to second place in the Scottish Premiership table following a thrilling 5-3 success over Hamilton on Sunday.
Graeme Murty’s men saw nearest rivals Aberdeen lose 2-0 at Hibernian the day before to open the door for a return to second place, and the Gers duly took advantage with a fantastic attacking display at New Douglas Park. A hat-trick from Josh Windass as well as strikes from Jamie Murphy and Alfredo Morelos sealed a routine victory for the Scottish giants, with goals from Darren Lyon, David Templeton, and Dougie Imrie giving Martin Canning’s side hope, but ultimately wasn’t enough to prevent Rangers recording a 16th league win of the campaign.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Light Blues fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can build upon Sunday’s fine victory with another against Hearts at Ibrox this weekend.
In the meantime though, some of our resident Rangers supporters have been heaping praise on several of their side’s January signings, with winger Murphy coming in for much admiration following his loan move from Brighton.
And it’s fair to say that the £1.58m-rated (as per Transfermarkt) forward’s move north of the border has proven to be a transfer masterstroke by the Gers hierarchy, as the 28-year-old has shown his quality in the early stages of his Rangers career.
The Scot seriously struggled for gametime during the first half of the season at the AMEX Stadium, but his likely lack of match practice hasn’t been at all evident having started all five of the Light Blues’ league games so far, playing the full 90 minutes in all of them.
If that isn’t a clear indication of the integral role Murphy is playing in Rangers’ campaign, then his tally of two goals and five assists in seven matches in all competitions certainly is, all of which coming in his last two appearances to suggest that he has found his feet in Scottish football – the best may still be yet to come.
And with the likes of Windass and Morelos continuing to prove their worth going forward, there appears to be hugely exciting times to come at Rangers, and Murphy looks set to play a key part in that.
And with his temporary move set to become permanent in the summer, the 28-year-old could have a vital role to play in the coming years at Rangers as they seek to bridge the gap to champions Celtic, and thus begin challenging the Bhoys for major honours once again.
Undoubtedly, Murphy’s move north of the border is turning out to be a transfer masterstroke by the Gers board, and one they could reap the rewards from in the months and perhaps years to follow.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!