Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton has spoken out in favour of a move away from the club for rarely-seen winger Jamie Murphy but does not think he should be jettisoned completely.
Football Insider reported this week that the ‘Gers were willing to entertain offers for the 30-year-old, while the Daily Record claimed that he is among a clutch of Rangers players who could be offloaded by the club in January.
Steven Gerrard then said that some players will leave Ibrox in next month’s transfer window (as per The Scottish Sun) and Hutton had his say on the future of Murphy at the club.
He told Football Insider: “I actually rate him. He’s been very unlucky with his injury and it’s always difficult to come back from something like that.
“Personally, looking in from the outside, I think going out on loan will be good for him as I do believe he’s got ability and I do believe he can bring something to the Rangers team when his confidence is up.
“So I think maybe going away, playing games, going somewhere that he is going to play every week, not somewhere where he will be in and out, build up his confidence…and let’s not forget he had a serious injury and it takes time to get back up to speed.
“Like I said I think he can bring something to the Rangers team, so I’d be keen on him going out on loan, getting games, coming back and then taking it from there.”
The winger has never truly recovered from a cruciate ligament injury that he suffered against Kilmarnock on an artificial pitch at Rugby Park in August 2018 (as per BBC), ending his involvement for the remainder of the season.
Prior to that horrendous setback, Murphy had shone for the ‘Gers following his arrival on loan from Brighton in January 2018. A return of five goals and 10 assists from 19 games in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign prompted Rangers to sign him permanently.
He had begun the following season with a goal and three assists from eight appearances before that fateful day at Kilmarnock.
Unfortunately, his first team prospects at Rangers currently look bleak given his sparse game-time this term and the recent upturn in form from fellow left winger Ryan Kent, who came into Friday’s game against Hibernian on a run of two goals and three assists since the November international break (as per TransferMarkt).
Gerrard should also soon have Jordan Jones available after he made his comeback in a friendly for the under-20 team against Brentford B recently (as per The National) after being out since September with a knee injury.
That could make it even harder for Murphy to get much game-time at Ibrox in the short-term, so a loan spell may be beneficial, as Hutton has suggested. The ex-Rangers man is also right in believing that a revitalised Murphy could bring something to the team given the form he had shown prior to his injury, which would make a loan move seem a preferential course of action over selling him outright.
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