The Glasgow-born Premier League man, a boyhood Rangers supporter, wound up staying, but should the Gers and Celtic go back in for him?
They both need somebody of that ilk.
The Hoops spent £1.3 million on left winger Jonny Hayes in June but the 30-year-old Irishman is far more of a miss than a hit so far, yet to score or set up a goal in seven games.
Brendan Rodgers's side are favourites to finish third in their Champions League group ahead of Anderlecht, which would give them a passage into the Europa League and the Northern Irishman could really do with some additional attacking options in January.
Meanwhile, Rangers aren't flush with left-sided attacking options and Josh Windass has only managed the one goal in nine Premiership and League Cup games this season.
But is the 28-year-old available? He just might be.
Murphy has managed only 166 minutes of Premier League football this season and you wonder whether they could sell if the price is right.
The report from Sky Sports in the summer suggested that he was worth £4 million but, with 18 months until his deal expires, Rangers and Celtic might be able to swindle a cheaper deal.