Rangers duo Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty have attracted interest from English Football League suitors with an eye to possible loan moves.
Football Insider reported that Sunderland have begun working on a possible deal for winger Murphy, having already tabled a loan offer for midfielder Docherty.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told BBC on Thursday that he is keen for the pair to get regular game-time on loan for the remainder of the season, with the Daily Record claiming that Burton Albion are also hoping to broker a deal for Murphy.
Murphy’s Rangers career has never recovered from the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury he suffered at Kilmarnock in August 2018, which ruled him out for the remainder of last season and since which he has barely featured. He has only managed two substitute appearances totalling 53 minutes in the current campaign and featured in a matchday squad on just one other occasion, with the 30-year-old completely out of the first team frame since the end of October (as per TransferMarkt).
That misfortune appears all the more galling in the context of how well he had been performing at Ibrox prior to his ACL injury. Having initially joined on loan from Brighton two years ago, he had scored six goals and set up another 13 in his first 27 appearances for the ‘Gers, who signed him permanently at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. However, with fellow left winger Ryan Kent supplying five goals and three assists since the start of November, and Jordan Jones being fit enough to return to the squad last month after a lengthy knee injury, Murphy’s prospects at Rangers currently seem bleak.
Docherty is another man struggling for first team action at Ibrox, having made just five senior appearances and played 171 minutes this season. While he began the campaign with a hat-trick of assists in a 6-0 Europa League qualifying win over St Joseph’s, he hasn’t played for Gerrard’s side or even made a matchday squad since the middle of August. With central midfielders Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara and Steven Davis all surpassing the 2,000-minute mark already for the season, the 23-year-old finds himself well down the pecking order at Rangers.
Given that Rangers are just two points off the Premiership summit and chasing a first league title since 2011, Gerrard has little room for experimentation at Ibrox and wouldn’t seem likely to bring fringe players such as Murphy and Docherty in from the cold with silverware potentially on the line.
Therefore, Sunderland’s interest in the pair, along with Burton Albion hoping to sign Murphy, is encouraging for the Rangers manager after his public declaration that he wants the duo to have the chance to play regularly elsewhere before returning to Glasgow.
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