Hibernian manager Jack Ross says he has been ‘hugely impressed’ by Jamie Murphy since his arrival from Rangers, as quoted by Not The Old Firm.
Murphy joined the capital club on loan late last month in a deal that will become permanent next summer.
🆕 We are delighted to confirm the signing of winger Jamie Murphy.
📝 The Scotland international arrives at Easter Road on an initial season-long loan, with a permanent one-year contract to follow.
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) August 29, 2020
He made his debut off the bench in a 1-0 home defeat to Aberdeen prior to the international break and was handed his first start on Saturday in a 3-0 win over St Mirren in Paisley.
So far, Ross is pleased with the Scotland international’s efforts.
“Jamie Murphy gives us a different dynamic,” he said, as quoted by Not The Old Firm. “He picks up more narrow areas of the pitch and pockets than Martin Boyle does.”
“Martin enjoys that width and it is a good balance to have between your two wide players. Jamie is a very, very good player and I have been hugely impressed.
“He is a really good player and I’m delighted to have him. His contribution today showed what he is going to bring to the club.”
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The defeat against the Dons wasn’t the ideal start for Murphy at his new club but Hibs were dominant in Paisley at the weekend.
Murphy didn’t manage to bag a goal or an assist but he was heavily involved on the left side and lasted 81 minutes before being replaced by Drey Wright.
After so long on the fringes of the first team at Rangers, it must be a relief for the 31-year-old to be playing again and to feel like an important part of the squad, with this praise from his new manager an additional boost.
He’ll have to sit out of his side’s next game on Sunday, though, with the conditions of his loan deal ensuring he can’t feature against parent club Gers in the early kick-off at Easter Road.