Rangers loanee Jamie Murphy has confirmed that he’s set make a permanent switch to Premiership rivals Hibernian this summer.
Murphy joined Hibs in August, with club communications at the time suggesting he would stay on at Easter Road after an initial season-long loan deal expired [Rangers.co.uk].
He’s made 23 appearances in all competitions for the Edinburgh club, scoring two goals and notching four assists.
The 31-year-old’s numbers are far from spectacular, but he’s had a series of hamstring injuries to contend with.
His latest problem saw him miss five Premiership fixtures, but he returned to action off the bench during Hibernian’s 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Dundee United at the weekend and had another substitute outing in a 1-0 league win at Aberdeen on Wednesday night.
Individually, it’s been a frustrating season for Murphy but Hibs have clinched third in the league and have a Cup final to come and he believes more good times are ahead.
“I am hoping they (injury problems) are behind me now,” he told reporters. “There have been times I have been training at 70% to keep it safe, which is not how I want to train or play. The medical staff have been great and I have spoken to people down south too. I am hopeful we have sorted the problem.”
“As far as I am aware there is an obligation to stay on. I am looking forward to being here and building on the success we have had this year. We want to achieve more but for the club, it’s been a good eight or nine months.”
Murphy contributed six goals and 13 assists in 29 Rangers appearances but his chances of thriving under Steven Gerrard were ruined by a serious knee injury sustained early on in the 2018/19 season.
He’s since proven that he’s still capable of big performances when fit, particularly last season on loan at Burton Albion, but this summer is a good time for him to permanently move away from Ibrox as he focuses on making the best of the back end of his career.
In other news, Rangers are reportedly eyeing a swoop for a ‘decisive’ international who’s notched ten assists in a top-five league this season.