Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has opened up on his wish to return and play for the Light Blues after heading out on loan to Burton Albion for the rest of the season – and admitted that he needed to play consistently.
Murphy has made an impressive start with Nigel Clough’s side and is waiting until summer to worry about what happens next at Rangers as he enters the final year of his contract.
After injuring his knee against Kilmarnock in August 2018, Murphy has been feeling the strain from regular games but admitted that he got everything he could from training all week only to be on the sidelines come the weekend.
“I certainly don’t think I’d have played every game at Rangers. After this injury I felt I needed to play consistently for a while,” Murphy told the Scottish Sun.
“There’s only so much you can get from training. After my first couple of games down here my body has been aching, which is a feeling you don’t get from anything other than playing a proper professional game.
“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.”
The 30-year-old has scored twice and contributed an assist in his first three games for the Brewers in their push for the League One playoffs.
He’ll likely be in action again tonight when they host Oxford United at the Pirelli Stadium – with Burton currently sitting two points behind Oxford in the table.
Whether he has any future at Ibrox remains to be seen but getting out and playing regularly is the best thing at this stage for Murphy if he is to force his way back into Steven Gerrard’s plans.
The former Brighton star has six goals and 13 assists as a Rangers player from 29 appearances for the Light Blues and has shown himself to be a useful player for the Gers – but he now needs to show he can perform consistently again after so long out of action.