Steven Gerrard recently confirmed that Rangers winger Jamie Murphy was making good progress in his recovery from a serious knee injury.
The 29-year-old started the season promisingly under the new manager, scoring in Rangers’ home Europa League qualifying fixture against Skhupi.
However, he picked up his injury in August and has been out of action since.
Initially, he was set to miss the entire season, but recent developments suggest that won’t be the case.
His return is sure to be a most welcome one for a team currently struggling for creativity and goals. Yet, it will be a few months into 2019 before he dons the blue jersey once more.
What will he bring?
Murphy is one of the few members of the Rangers squad with genuine experience. After 175 league appearances across seven years at Motherwell, he spent five in England with Sheffield United and Brighton.
Unlike inconsistent summer signings such as Eros Grezda and Joe Worrall, Murphy is the finished article.
As a player, he knows his game – both strengths and limitations.
With that, comes confidence and composure in the final third that Rangers currently lack.
He scored four SPL goals and registered seven assists in 16 appearances on the flank last season. Not a bad return for a January signing.
His return will bolster a squad that currently looks a little bare. After so long out, he will feel like a new signing.
Undoubtedly, Murphy will be raring to go, and could prove to be a major asset at the back end of the campaign.