Rangers loanee Jamie Murphy is set for a big opportunity to deliver a hammer blow to Celtic on Monday night.

Murphy is hoping to start for Hibs in the fixture at Parkhead after making his comeback from injury off the bench against Livingston last weekend [Not The Old Firm].

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Jamie Murphy is back fit after a period on the sidelines due to injury. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The winger was the standout player when the two sides met in November, scoring once and setting up the other in a 2-2 draw at Easter Road.

Therefore, he’ll fancy himself to cause plenty of problems in Glasgow, particularly given that the hosts will be vastly understrength for the game.

Celtic’s ill-advised trip to Dubai has come back to bite them, as after Christopher Jullien tested positive for Covid-19, 13 players and three members of coaching staff, including Neil Lennon, have all been ordered to self-isolate.

 

The chaos could scarcely have come at a worse time for the Hoops, a day after Rangers stretched their advantage at the top of the Premiership table to 22 points with a 15th consecutive league victory.

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Rangers loanee Jamie Murphy celebrates scoring for Hibernian against Celtic in November. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

There’s still a long way to go and Steven Gerrard isn’t getting carried away, but a third defeat of the season for Celtic would leave them with a veritable mountain to climb.

Murphy’s future may lie away from Ibrox, with his loan deal at Hibs set to become permanent in the summer, but if he can produce once again against Celtic on Monday night, he’ll push Rangers another step closer to the title.

Rangers also have the Scottish Cup to compete for over the second half of the season, but their campaign looks set to be disrupted after a big SFA decision.

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