Rangers fans have been sending grateful messages of thanks to Ibrox “secret agent” Jamie Murphy as the decision to send him to Hibs on loan pays off against Celtic.
The Gers star – whose time at Ibrox was besieged by a serious injury to his ACL – was sent on loan to Hibs this season with Murphy making the move permanent next summer.
The 31-year-old would start the match against title rivals Celtic and opened the scoring as the Hibees would go on to hold Neil Lennon’s side to a 2-2 draw in Edinburgh.
Ex-Brighton man Murph was quickest to react as Scott Bain saved a Kevin Nisbet penalty, with the experienced forward lashing in the rebound.
Things would then go from bad to worse for Celtic when talented striker Kevin Nisbet fired in a second from a Murphy assist to have Neil Lennon looking down the barrel of a gun.
Celtic would rally late on when a soft Odsonne Edouard penalty gave them a route back into the match and a retaken free-kick was eventually fired into the roof of the net by Diego Laxalt after a poor clearance.
It could’ve been an even more memorable night for Murphy’s Hibs but Rangers fans were grateful enough that he played a key role in taking two points off the Celtic Park club.
Big chance for us now
We have to keep focussing on what we are doing and kick on but we have a huge opportunity to increase our lead
Well done Jamie Murphy, done exactly what we needed and sent him to do
Bring on tomorrow
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) November 21, 2020
Jamie Murphy will always be a Rangers man😎
— AM (@GillivrayxMc) November 21, 2020
— Emma McNee (@EmmaMcNee_92) November 21, 2020
Jamie Murphy 😎
— Faceless 👤 (@FacelessRanger) November 21, 2020
Aberdeen now have a game in hand to go level on points in the fight for 2nd 😍😂😂
Jamie Murphy Loyal – I imagine his cousin will have him back to family parties now
— Hedgie86 🇬🇧 (@stu__1873) November 21, 2020
Jamie murphy laaaaa
— dylan (@dylannmurrayy) November 21, 2020
always liked Jamie Murphy
— ritchie (@ritchielawson) November 21, 2020
Jamie Murphy plays a vital role in Hibernian's 2 – 2 draw against Celtic this afternoon with a goal and assist! 👏😉 pic.twitter.com/5UJeNNwdEk
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) November 21, 2020
Jamie Murphy doin his bit for the cause 👌
— St Etiennes Bike (@RogerBigenge71) November 21, 2020
Jamie Murphy 😎
— kai shirkie (@kai_shirkie) November 21, 2020
Always though Jamie Murphy could do Rangers a turn. Never thought it'd be in a Hibs top though.
— Islandbear (@willienic) November 21, 2020
Jamie Murphy secret agent😉
— Jamie-Lee Wilson (@JamieLeeWilson9) November 21, 2020
Rangers deserve credit for taking the decision to send Murphy on loan this season, meaning that in a pivotal campaign the winger can play against Celtic but not against the Gers.
The same can be said of Aberdeen loanee Ross McCrorie, who also played 90 minutes as the Dons held Celtic to a 3-3 draw earlier in the season.