Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Rangers shock - Stevie's hand may have been forced over attacker


One man who must not know if he’s coming or going right now is Jamie Murphy. The out-of-favour left winger had flirted with leaving on loan, with manager Steven Gerrard confirming that was being looked at for the ex-Brighton attacker, but it didn’t come to pass and the 29-year old remains a Rangers player.

Indeed, Gerrard had said a couple of times that Murphy was being courted for a move out on loan, but it appears nothing manifested itself well enough to be suitable for either player and/or club, so he remains in Govan.

Murphy isn’t wanted at Ibrox, it’s that simple. He isn’t needed.

Or rather, wasn’t.

Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones’ injuries left Rangers without a single left winger, which also forced Steven Gerrard’s hand over the signing of Ryan Kent.

But that still only left the manager with a solitary option for that side – enter Jamie Murphy.

Murphy did modestly last season before injury – he wasn’t the most dangerous player, but he linked up well and was effective at cutting in and making space for the left back to overlap. He also improved significantly as the Europa League campaign went on.

As we know he lost his season to injury, and as we warned several times last term, Rangers rather moved on from Jamie Murphy and left him behind. Ryan Kent left him redundant, and despite his regaining fitness this summer, the signings of Brandon Barker and January’s pre-contract of Jones confirmed Rangers didn’t have any major investment any more in the ex-Motherwell man.

And up till the Old Firm, that was the way it remained.

But fast forward only four days. Barker, lost to injury, Jones likewise. Glenn Middleton away to Hibs.

Ryan Kent is now Rangers’ only option, and he needs someone pushing him.

Murphy has a massive, massive chance at a reprieve now. Stevie has been rotating match-by-match, and mostly saving his strongest team for Europa League matches. Jamie Murphy may just find himself starring in the SPL again.

It would be quite a turnaround for him, even if Gerrard isn’t necessarily his biggest fan.

But Rangers have had worse players than Jamie Murphy.

3 comments:

  1. I've got a sneaking feeling Grezda can yet prove his worth. Played on his favoured left side he has a very good pedigree and hasn't really had a run of games with us yet. We seem to have been too quick to get rid of Barasic and Gresda and almost made the same mistake with Katic last season. Let these guys settle and give them game time before deciding to discard them.

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    1. I think the writing is on the wall with Gresda, he didnt have the composure or the confidence of an attacking player. I dont know what it was but the second I saw the guy play I saw the kid in school who could put his head down, run like a whippet and produce hehaw final product. ME lol

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  2. You clearly haven't heard Gerrard speak about Murphy in any of his interviews. Rates him highly but just struggling to get him match fit.

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