Has January signing exceeded expectations?

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 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

Josh Windass took most of the plaudits for scoring his hat trick in Sunday’s high scoring match in Hamilton, although it was littered by stupid mistakes and featured some very good goals in the 8-goal-thriller.

For me Windass and Morelos were absolutely terrific, but I thought that 28-year-old, 5’ 10” winger Jamie Murphy was the best player on the park.

On-loan Brighton man Murphy really impressed everyone in his best match in a Rangers jersey and he scored the all-important first goal to equalise and get his team back in the game after the early setback. Hamilton couldn’t handle his movement or end product as he also notched up two excellent goal assists.

Graeme Murty brought in some astute signings during January, but so far nobody (aside arguably Sean Goss) has made more of an impact than the gifted left-sided Murphy, whose pedigree and class has been evident from his first Rangers game.

It has taken Murphy only a few games to get himself fully match-fit, and is now showing his true qualities and undoubted talent.

A young potentially brilliant Jamie Murphy scored 5 goals for the Scotland U21’s in 14 games played between 2008 -10 and you always knew that Murphy was destined to have a great career ahead of him.

He was an excellent player at Motherwell before being transferred to Sheffield United in 2013 where again he was a huge success.

Gordon Strachan gave Murphy his first Scotland call-up for the two friendly matches against Czech Republic and Denmark on 24 and 29 March 2016, but hasn’t featured in any other of their squads since.

If Jamie continues with this kind of form for Rangers, big Eck will be forced into considering Murphy for the Costa Rica and Hungary double-header.

Murty has to be congratulated for stealing the Glasgow-born Scot away from the Falmer Stadium to Rangers on a loan-to-buy deal, initially for 6 months and making it a permanent agreed price this summer for this very talented, life-long Rangers man.

You do have to wonder how strong the competition under Chris Hughton is that Murphy couldn’t force his way into his plans.

He always seems to get into excellent positions and continually causes a lot of problems for the defenders with his clever use of the ball. He really is a stand-out player who has settled really well with his new life in Govan.

He is the master of our previous problem position of that dreaded left-flank Rangers role that so many players failed to impress in. Windass was the perfect example when the fans couldn’t take to him because he was asked to play out of his correct position.

Murphy’s touch, vision and all-round game is very impressive, and his link up play with our two top scorers, Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos, and others, can only improve as they play more matches together.

It looks good.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Spot on. It took Murphy a couple of games to realise that always cutting in on his right foot wasn't the answer. He has the skill and pace to beat players on both sides and is now looking very difficult to defend against.

  2. Must get him tied down long term,same with Cummings,also as important to unload the likes of Herrera,O'Halloran,Dodu,Hodson,and although he gives us everything,I would add Bates,it is important that when training the quality is at the best level it can be at and removing the aforementioned lads the "BAR" will certainly be higher at training sessions as will competition for selection.

  3. Don’t get carried away. Hamilton and Ayr are hardly Premier League class. Our strategy is correct for this season. That is finish 2nd. We can then assess on loan players and the manager and make decisions then for a championship winning team next season. Scottish football is at an all time low. Scotland needs a successful Rangers. The stupidity of the Scottish authorities knew bounds in their treatment of Rangers. Next season is time to win championship and get going in Europe.

    • Nae offence but are you for real… Why just aim for 2nd ffs we're only 9 points aff Celtic I mean wtaf… Just give them the Scottish Cup while you’re at it… Stunned at the negativity of some Bears on here htf…Until it’s no longer possible then keep the faith…

  4. If he keeps going at this trajectory we could be looking at another albertz or laudrup
    ….well a scottish version anyway😄

  5. I think that to win the championship next all we need is two quality Centre halves as good as Richard Gough. Surely the directors can raise 8 million to buy two quality players then watch us go.

  6. I think Murphy was outstanding yesterday .He is a clever player with good awareness. Cummings needs to be given game time at Ibrox alongside Morelos but not sure that will happen .I like the way those around are squealing like headless Chickens at the moment it's hilarious…Come on Zenit!!!!

  7. Murphy doing a good job and is ever improving. Seems strange to think of all the fuss over not signing Jamie Walker. Maybe it just shows we should put our trust in Mark Allen and Graeme Murty (or whoever follows him) and not over hype players who could've played for us. Maybe in time Cummings will make us feel the same way about Lois Moult.

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