Ex-Rangers winger Jamie Murphy could have a big say in where the Scottish Premiership title goes next season after the 33-year-old signed a one-year deal with St Johnstone.

The former Motherwell, Sheffield United and Brighton winger has signed a one-year deal with the Saints as Callum Davidson’s side look to bounce back from a bitterly disappointing campaign.

After the highs of their cup double in 20/21, St Johnstone narrowly avoided relegation by overcoming Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Premiership playoff.

Now, experienced campaigner Jamie Murphy has been signed and don’t bet against the ex-Rangers winger having an influence on the season ahead.

Murphy has had an impressive career on both sides of the border and joins Saints after his deal with Hibs expired in the summer.

Speaking to St Johnstone’s official media after signing the deal, the winger has expressed his delight at moving to McDiarmid Park.

“The manager (Callum Davidson) has been in touch for a few weeks now, I’ve been doing my own running since the end of last season hoping this opportunity would come about,” said Jamie Murphy.

“My agent and myself have been itching at the bit to get the deal over the line and we’re very happy to have the contract signed.

“I come in with a lot of experience so hopefully that will help add to the squad. I’ve played a lot of football and scored a few goals along the way so hopefully I can keep adding to that during my time here in Perth.”

Ex-Rangers star Jamie Murphy joins St Johnstone

Jamie Murphy will also have to face off against a former foe in the shape of the Kilmarnock pitch this season after the Ayrshire club were promoted to the top flight.

With Murphy very much in Steven Gerrard’s plans at Ibrox during the Scouser’s first season in charge, the notorious plastic surface robbed Jamie of 18 months due to a cruciate ligament injury.

The winger never quite recovered and his Ibrox dream was shattered in this moment so it’s fair to say there’s a little bit of history there.

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Jamie Murphy initially joined Rangers on loan in January 2018 before signing a permanent deal in the summer, with the winger making 29 appearances for the club and scoring six goals.

Gers fans could now have the opportunity to see the player return to Ibrox next season only this time he’ll be turning out for St Johnstone.

Meanwhile, a cult Rangers figure who never actually played for the club has taken a major role at a former Premier League side.

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