Jamie Murphy kickstarted the Rangers era under Steven Gerrard – and he can help kickstart a title tilt for the club too.
The former Motherwell, Sheffield United and Brighton forward looked a key part of Gerrard’s early Rangers squad and scored the opening goal in a 2-0 Europa League qualifying win over FK Shkupi at Ibrox in July 2018.
But the forward was to sustain an awful knee ligament injury on Kilmarnock’s much-maligned plastic pitch a month later and it was close to 15 months before the forward got playing regularly again.
After a successful loan spell with League One Burton – where Murphy showed a huge hunger to get back on top of his game – he now enters the final year of his contract at Ibrox.
Murphy’s seven goals in 10 Burton games didn’t just prove that Murphy is easily too good for third-tier English football, but it showed how lethal he can be in front of goal.
Rangers generally depend on Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe to score and this has been a continuing weakness in the first team squad.
Murphy can help lighten the load.
Even during his time at Rangers his stats are impressive – six goals and 13 assists in 29 games is a solid return for the boyhood bluenose.
Pre season number 15 😅 pic.twitter.com/owzEgB5Ki3
— Jamie Murphy (@Jamiemurphy89) June 15, 2020
With the likes of Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi, Greg Stewart, Jordan Jones and Brandon Barker all competing for the same two spots in the side, Murphy will have his work cut out breaking into the Rangers XI.
But as the 30-year-old forward has proven through his comeback with injury, you cannot write him off.
If Rangers can get the best from him, Murphy could be a vital player in the club’s charge for title success.