Rangers’ on-loan winger Jamie Murphy remains hopeful that he can get a second chance at the club after long-term injury ultimately sabotaged his Ibrox involvement.
The 30-year-old, who was loaned out to English League One side Burton Albion last month for the rest of the season, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a match at Kilmarnock 18 months ago and subsequently played just twice more for the ‘Gers. Speaking to The Scottish Sun, he believes that the decision to go out on loan was the right one.
He said: “In the end I needed some games. I don’t think I could have had two years without playing, which was another reason for going. If I want to play till 35 and beyond I couldn’t miss two full years. I got the chance to go on loan and after speaking to the Rangers gaffer it was the right thing to do.”
On the topic of his Rangers future, he declared: “We’ll worry about everything else in the summer. I think it all depends on how I do on loan. But I’d still make the move to Rangers, despite the injury and what’s happened. I wanted to play for Rangers. I’d obviously still like to play for Rangers and so that’s why I’ll always do the best I can.” [via The Scottish Sun]
Murphy made his return to action last October in Rangers’ 5-0 win against Hamilton but that was one of just two appearances he made for the ‘Gers this season – indeed, he regularly failed to even make the matchday squad at Ibrox in recent months (as per TransferMarkt). Having struggled for recognition with the Light Blues, the 30-year-old has made an ideal start to his loan spell at Burton Albion, starting each of their last four games and scoring twice, so already his decision to go out on loan appears vindicated.
It is worth remembering that, prior to his horrific ACL injury in August 2018, the winger had been doing quite well at Rangers. He began last season with a goal and three assists from eight matches, following an excellent few months in the latter part of 2017/18 when he struck five goals and set up another 10 in his 19 ‘Gers appearances in that campaign. Having only come to the club midway through that season, he quickly carved out a regular presence in the Light Blues’ line-up under Graeme Murty (as per TransferMarkt).
Murphy’s desire to play football is most understandable given the severity of the injury he suffered and his subsequent struggles to re-establish himself at Rangers, so he had every right to knock on Steven Gerrard’s door and request a loan move elsewhere.
His early form at Burton Albion suggests that he is quickly benefitting from regular game-time and, if he can continue that throughout the rest of the season, he should return to Ibrox a greatly rejuvenated player thriving with confidence.
That Rangers loaned him rather than selling him outright hints that Gerrard can still see a future for him at the club and his pre-injury figures illustrate what he can offer to the side when at his best. Murphy has already benefitted from going out on loan and his parent club could also stand to benefit if he maintains that form and goes back to Glasgow a winger reborn.
Rangers fans, are you glad to see Murphy making a strong start to his loan spell at Burton Albion? Can you see him getting back into the ‘Gers team next season? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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