Former Rangers and Hibs star Ian Murray has insisted Florian Kamberi’s deadline day move to Ibrox was a “last-minute panic signing” after Jermain Defoe went down injured.

The Albanian signed for the Light Blues until the end of the season and Murray admits he’d be surprised if Kamberi had any long-term future in Glasgow – claiming he’s not “shown enough” for Steven Gerrard’s side.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: Ian Murray of Rangers is closed down by Jose Izquierdo of Osasuna during the UEFA Cup Round of 16, First Leg match between Rangers and Osasuna at Ibrox Stadium on March 8, 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Murray, who spent two years as Rangers player, believes Kamberi isn’t good enough to be the main man at Ibrox and is adamant that he will only ever be a back-up in Govan.

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“Kamberi looked like a last-minute panic signing for 
Rangers because of Defoe’s injury,” Murray said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I was surprised they went for him and I’ll be even more surprised if they want to keep him.

“I don’t think he has shown enough in the games I’ve seen him in.


“To play for Rangers in that position you need to be a special player. There have been guys who get 20 goals a season and can’t get a starting berth at Ibrox.


“It’s a competitive area of the pitch and I’m not sure Kamberi’s the type of guy who can handle not being the No.1 guy.

“To be the main striker at Rangers you need to be a real top-level player.

“Kamberi would always be a back-up to someone else at that club.”

Murray’s assessment of Kamberi’s performances for Rangers doesn’t seem to match how most Gers fans viewed the Hibs loanee’s early showings after his move.

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 26: Florian Kamberi of Rangers FC looks on during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Sporting Club Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on February 26, 2020 in Braga, Portugal.

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The Albanian has made a sizeable impact at Ibrox and few would have complaints if the Gers were to agree a permanent deal for him.

While he’s probably not the guy to lead the line for Steven Gerrard’s side, he’s already shown that he can contribute at home and in Europe.

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