This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Glasgow Rangers will be looking to close the gap to Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership next season.
The Gers finished the recently ended campaign in second place behind the Bhoys, 13 points adrift, meaning that Steven Gerrard has now gone a second term without managing to win any trophies – he surely cannot afford to go a third.
Jamie Murphy was not part of his plans in the past season, and it looks as though he will not be called upon for the upcoming campaign either. Following the end of his loan spell at Burton Albion, it has been reported that the 30-year-old expects to leave Ibrox permanently this summer. His departure would likely bring a premature end to a disappointing spell in Glasgow.
Before Murphy moved to the Gers, he had spells with Brighton and Sheffield United in England, but it was at Motherwell where he first made his name. He made 212 appearances for the Scottish outfit, scoring 49 goals and providing 18 assists along the way. With the Seagulls, whom the 54-time Scottish champions paid £1.08m for Murphy’s services in 2018 after a six-month loan spell, he amassed 10 goals in 83 matches – the Gers will have been hoping he could make a good impression for them.
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Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. He managed five goals and 10 assists in 17 matches during the 2017/18 campaign, which convinced the Gers to sign him permanently, but he made just eight appearances the following term after before suffering a cruciate ligament injury. Since returning from that terrible spell on the sidelines, he has featured just twice more and, although he scored seven times in 10 appearances in League One this season, it looks as though it will not be enough to earn him a place in the squad moving forward.
As such, it looks as though his time at Ibrox will end up costing the club £37,000 per appearance, while he missed 52 games through injury. It is a sad way to bring an end to an initially promising spell.
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