The Ipswich Town player has explained why he thinks things did not go according to plan at Celtic.
Murphy was part of the Republic of Ireland side that drew 1-1 with Scotland in Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier, and in the aftermath of that result he has opened up about his time at Celtic Park.
Murphy signed for Celtic in 2010 but he played only 23 times for them, scoring three goals and providing two assists in the process.
He later went back to Ipswich Town on loan and ultimately agreed a permanent deal back with the Championship club in 2013.
“I always go back to it,” Murphy said of his spell at Celtic, “it was probably the wrong place at the wrong time.
“When I got injured Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes got something like a hat-trick each in midweek in a game and you know you are not going to play if they keep doing that, and they did, to be fair, all season.
“I can’t have any complaints really, it was just bad timing for me.”
Murphy has just concluded a wonderful campaign at Ipswich, scoring 27 goals in 44 games, and one wonders if Celtic could have been reaping the benefits of that kind of form if things had worked out differently a few short years ago.
We will never know, but it is clear Murphy holds no grudges and accepts it was simply fate that meant he never really got going for the Scottish giants.