Rangers vs Hibernian: Gers to face dangerous ex-star with point to prove
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Rangers vs Hibernian: Gers to face dangerous ex-star with point to prove

Rangers are set to come up against dangerous ex-Ibrox player Jamie Murphy when they take on Hibernian in their Premier Sports Cup semi-final.

The Gers and the Hibees will meet in a 4pm kick-off at Hampden Park on Sunday with a place in the final up for grabs.

Dangerous former Rangers player Jamie Murphy (right) could make the Hibernian starting XI for Sunday’s semi-final. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

In a big blow for the opposition, they will be without the influential Kyle Magennis for the game, but Christian Doidge is returning to the squad and Jack Ross has a former Rangers player with a point to prove at his disposal.

Murphy made a very promising start at Ibrox after initially joining on loan from Brighton in 2018 and then after signing a permanent deal, he scored the first goal of the Steven Gerrard era against FC Shkupi.

However, a serious knee injury sustained a month later saw him miss the remainder of the season and he didn’t really get a look in after that, despite impressing out on loan at Burton Albion.

While injuries have been an issue since he joined Hibs on loan with an obligation to buy in the summer of 2020, he’s shown that when fit, he can still be very effective.

Murphy celebrates giving Hibernian the lead against Celtic at Easter Road last season. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

His only previous appearance against his former club came at Ibrox last month but he only saw eight minutes of action as it was his first game back following his latest spell on the sidelines.

He started three consecutive matches prior to the international break, though, and is likely to be named in Ross’ XI at Hampden.

Despite now being 32, he still presents a real threat in behind and James Tavernier will have to keep a very close eye on him.

The semi-final is a massive opportunity for Rangers given that they haven’t won a major domestic cup since 2011 and it wouldn’t go down well if a former player was allowed to spoil it.

Meanwhile, a former player has reportedly held talks with Rangers about potentially joining Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s coaching staff.