Should Celtic move for a former player who could add to their goal-scoring options second time round?
But given the Republic of Ireland international’s outstanding form in the Championship last season, would a second chance at the Bhoys be beyond the realms of possibility?
It is a left-field suggestion certainly, with Murphy now 32 and with one year left on his current Ipswich contract. But here is a player who scored 27 goals and provided six assists in 44 league matches last season; fine form by anyone’s standards.
With a scoring record like that, a cheeky move from Celtic would make sense, even if Ipswich are unlikely to welcome any such bid.
With Ronny Deila’s side requiring a new front-man following the departure of loanee John Guidetti, they could do far worse than sign a player who not only knows where the goal is, but who may also feel he has unfinished business at Celtic Park.
Injuries played a big part in Murphy’s failure to make an impact during three years at Celtic, in which time he featured only 23 times and scored just three goals.
He was soon loaned out and has now got his career back on track, but for a player who speaks about it not being the right time before, what chance a return to a club who could benefit from his talents a little later than first expected?