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. 

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Rangers “secret agent” Jamie Murphy opens the scoring against Celtic. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

 

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. 

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