Rangers coach Michael Beale has provided an update on the progress of Jamie Murphy, in an interview with RangersTV.
The 30-year-old winger hasn’t played a competitive game for the Gers since he sustained a serious knee injury away at Kilmarnock in August 2018.
He has been injury-free for some time, but looked on the verge of an Ibrox exit during the summer. Last month, Steven Gerrard suggested that a short-term loan spell could be on the cards in order to build up the winger’s match sharpness [Daily Record].
However, a move away never materialised and last week, the Gers manager admitted that injuries to Ryan Kent and Jordan Jones had improved his chances at Ibrox [RangersTV].
Now, a member of the coaching staff has sung the player’s praises.
Rangers coach Beale hints Murphy return is imminent
“Jamie Murphy, I’m pleased to report, is training ever so well as well off a horrific injury really,” Beale told RangersTV. “That takes time to get strength in your legs and your confidence, so Jamie’s coming back.”
The first-team coach also provided an update on Matt Polster – who has only made three competitive appearances since joining in January – claiming the USA international is training “fantastically well.”
From seeming on the verge of leaving the club, if only temporarily, Murphy’s fortunes have improved quickly.
If any member of the Gers squad deserves a break, though, it’s him.
Last season must have been a torturous one on the sidelines, and it saw his stock drop dramatically. He must have thought the writing was on the wall when the club recruited multiple wingers this summer.
Yet, based on Beale and Gerrard’s comments, he could soon get a chance to prove his worth.
It’ll be a big ask for him to come back in and produce straight away with just development football under his belt. If and when a chance comes his way, though, he has to take it.