Rangers fans are debating the quality of loanee Jamie Murphy as he continues his fine form for Burton Albion.
The 30-year-old winger has been outstanding in front of goal since his move south of the border in January, and he netted a brace in a 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night, taking his tally to seven goals from ten appearances.
It’s a remarkable return for a player who arrived with very little first-team football under his belt in recent times.
A knee injury sustained in August 2018 ruled him out for the remainder of the 2018/19 season, and he made just two substitute appearances for the Gers over the first half of this campaign, before joining the Brewers.
Yet, while results haven’t gone according to plan for Nigel Clough’s side of late, Murphy has been the shining light on the left side, prompting some fans to question why he was allowed to leave Ibrox.
The argument is that with his willingness to run at defenders and ability to finish with composure, he would offer much more than the likes of Brandon Barker and Sheyi Ojo.
However, other’s believe there’s an element of the player’s reputation gaining a boost simply because he isn’t part of the current misfiring squad.
There’s a suggestion that he’s been so prolific because EFL League One is a lower standard than the Scottish Premiership, while others have suggested that far from being a mistake, the loan departure was necessary to guarantee the Scotland international regular playing time.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Bears on social media:
Jamie Murphy has now scored more goals for burton than he has for rangers and it's only took him 8 games to score 5 goals he's scored 4 in 20 for rangers pic.twitter.com/LsR8JshvUw
— RangersSpareTickets (@rangers_spare) March 10, 2020
Jamie Murphy has 7 goals and 2 assists in 10 games
If he kept that record up over 30 games he could be on 30 goal involvements
Hopefully he stays fit and gets a chance next season
— R̳a̳n̳g̳e̳r̳s̳S̳p̳a̳r̳e̳s̳s̳ (@RangersSparess) March 10, 2020
Jamie Murphy isn't the answer
— Fazman (@Faz_50) March 10, 2020
Please take into account the league he’s playing in tho.
— Richard Middleton 🇬🇧 (@Richard56830486) March 11, 2020
or maybe playing 90 minutes every game for 5 months helps his recovery from the bad injury better, makes more sense than 10/15 minutes here and there off the bench
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) March 10, 2020
Jamie Murphy scored again
Rangers Da's "Bring him back"
League One is his level
— Christina Aguilera's & JLo's Manager (@IanisHagiCartel) March 10, 2020
I see Jamie Murphy got his 57th goal for @burtonalbionfc last night 😒
— DJ Craig (@DJcaigyboo) March 11, 2020
Bring him back
— David Cargill (@dgcargill) March 10, 2020
Jamie Murphy turning into the 🐐 as soon as we let him go
— Lyndon Bowes🏴 (@Lyndon11) March 10, 2020