Formerly Rangers' Young Player of the Year, should they have kept Andy Murdoch?

Rangers manager Mark Warburton during the match

The midfielder is thriving at Morton after being discarded by ex-Rangers boss Mark Warburton.

Lee Erwin of Motherwell (R) and Andy Murdoch of Rangers in action

Greenock Morton didn’t hesitate rewarding Andy Murdoch’s fine form with an extended deal until the end of the season.

The hard-working midfielder, released by Rangers in the summer, signed up on the banks of the River Clyde on a short-term deal but, just three months into the 2016/17 season, had earned a longer contract.

And there was little doubt he deserves it. As it stands, Morton are third in the Scottish Championship table and seemingly set for a place in the play-offs. And the tenacious Murdoch has been a huge part in their success story under Jim Duffy.

While letting the 22-year-old go is not exactly at the top of Mark Warburton’s list of mistakes at Rangers, the fact is that, like Luca Gasparotto and Fraser Aird, his impressive form elsewhere raises questions as to why he was released without ever being handed an opportunity.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton during the match

He won the club’s Young Player of the Year award in 2015 but, as soon as Warburton arrived at Ibrox, his days were numbered.

And Pedro Caixinha, who will surely be forced into the transfer market this summer to plug the gaps within the squad, won’t thank his predecessor for casting off the club’s best young talents.

It’s unlikely that Murdoch would have cemented a place in the centre of Rangers’ midfield this season. But his presence could have boosted a squad lacking in depth.

And, if Morton earn promotion to the top flight, he could show Rangers first-hand exactly what they are missing.

Rangers' Andy Murdoch (L) in action with Motherwell's Scott McDonald

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