As per the club’s official website, Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has been ruled out of the rest of the season due to injury. The 28-year-old signed a permanent deal with the Scottish giants during the summer after a successful loan spell at the club in the second half of last season, but an injury he suffered in their Scottish League Cup success at Kilmarnock on Sunday has cut short his 2018/19 campaign.
And this is sure to come as a huge blow to manager Steven Gerrard, and with Murphy injured, the Gers chief simply must seek to lure £4.5 million-rated Premier League star Jason Puncheon (as per Transfermarkt) to Ibrox in a bid to replace the 28-year-old.
Ultimately, Scotland international Murphy has produced the goods during his short time at Rangers, scoring five goals and laying on ten assists for the Light Blues in the second half of last season, as well as starting this term in fine fashion with a goal and three assists in seven appearances.
Thus, the 28-year-old looked set to play a key part for Gerrard’s side both domestically and in Europe this season, only for injury to cut short his campaign – an injury which must prompt Gerrard to lure Crystal Palace’s Puncheon to the club.
The 32-year-old made the move to Selhurst Park back in 2014 after enjoying a fine loan spell there the season before, and he has since produced the goods for the Eagles in netting 16 goals and laying on 22 assists in 161 appearances for the Premier League club.
However, injury restricted the Englishman to just ten league appearances last term, and with Palace performing reasonably well in his absence, it remains to be seen whether the winger returns to the fold – the fact that he hasn’t made either of their opening two matchday squads suggests that he may not be.
Thus, Gerrard must seek to bring him to Ibrox, as while those above figures are far from ground-breaking, the 32-year-old always carries an attacking threat, be it out wide in getting crosses into the box, or indeed in a more central position pulling the strings in the middle of the park – his arrival would give the Rangers chief options.
Add in vast amounts of experience in both the Premier League and indeed the Championship, and Puncheon would be the ideal addition to Gerrard’s squad, at the same time providing the Rangers chief with the perfect replacement for the injured Murphy.
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