Former Ger Kenny Black believes Jamie Murphy will be “itching” to get involved with the Rangers first-team regularly after his return from injury – and tipped Murphy to make the most of other wingers being injured and cement his place in the side.

Murphy returned to Murphy first-team action in the 5-0 win over Hamilton on Sunday after spending 14 months on the sidelines and Black is sure he’ll be desperate to get back involved regularly.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 12: Jamie Murphy of Rangers celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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After working with Murphy for three years at Motherwell, Black knows the wide man well and admits that with Rangers in good form just now it will help with Murphy’s re-integration into the side.

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“Rangers have plenty wingers in their squad, but so many of them seem to be injured right now,” Black told the Scottish Sun.

“There is an opening there and my money would be on Murph making the most of it.

“He will be itching to get involved and show what he is capable of after spending over a year out of the picture.



“There is a real feelgood factor around Rangers just now and that also helps when you are coming back from injury.

“It is much easier to integrate into a winning team than one that is struggling.”

Murphy almost grabbed his first goal in the Hamilton drubbing and the former Brighton man could have a vital role to play in the coming months for Gerrard’s side.

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA - AUGUST 16: Jamie Murphy of FC Rangers in action during 2nd Leg football match between NK Maribor and Rangers FC in 3rd Qualifying Round of UEFA Europa League 2018/19, on August 16, 2018 in Maribor, Slovenia.

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After hitting six goals and 13 assists in 27 appearances before his injury, there’s little doubt Murphy has the ability to cause problems for Scottish Premiership defenders – but getting back to his best could still take a while.

His return will definitely add more competition for the likes of Sheyi Ojo, Brandon Barker and Ryan Kent in the wide positions as Rangers look to capitalise on going top of the table.

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