Rangers winger Jamie Murphy made his big return to Scottish Premiership action last month, in a 5-0 home win over Hamilton.
The 30-year-old, who missed over a year’s worth of action due to a serious knee injury, was given a 25-minute run out in that Ibrox fixture, and also made a substitute appearance in the 4-0 win at Ross County a few weeks later.
After so long on the sidelines, it was great to see him back in the jersey, looking to take on defenders in wide channels.
However, with new Sporting Director, Ross Wilson, looking to trim the squad in January [Rangers.co.uk], there’s a distinct possibility he may soon be moving on.
The problem facing Murphy is the volume and quality of competition within the squad.
Yes, he’s managed to make two appearances recently. But, both of those came when Ryan Kent was missing, while Jordan Jones was also unavailable for selection.
In both outings, Murphy was introduced after the game had already been won and despite the injuries to those other left-sided players, there’s no suggestion he’s come close to starting a game.
In terms of the hierarchy of fully fit wingers currently at the club, he’s behind Kent, Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker, with Jones soon to return, while the likes of Jake Hastie and Josh McPake are exciting young prospects out on loan.
Given that he has Premier League and international experience and is contracted until 2021 [Transfermarkt], the club should be able to command a fee for Murphy, making the idea of moving him on a logical one.
He’s rated at £900k by Transfermarkt, and although that would be a stretch given his recent lack of playing time, there should be no shortage of suitors.
While he has been committed to working his way back and trying to make a success of his time at Ibrox, Murphy would probably benefit from a transfer too.
Fully fit again and having recently turned 30, it seems a waste of precious time if he’s waiting in the wings for the odd Gers cameo. A player’s patience has its limits.
Looking ahead to the January window, then, a move away isn’t quite inevitable, but it certainly makes sense, both for Rangers and for Murphy.