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Derek Johnstone backs Jamie Murphy for Rangers success

Jamie Murphy of Brighton challenges Dean Lewington of MK Dons during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Milton Keynes Dons at Amex Stadium on January...

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are on the brink of signing a £1 million winger, and Derek Johnstone says he'll be a "revelation".

Jamie Murphy of Brighton challenges Dean Lewington of MK Dons during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Milton Keynes Dons at Amex Stadium on January...

Derek Johnstone has told The Glasgow Evening Times that he believes Jamie Murphy will prove a "revelation at Ibrox" when he completes a move to Rangers.

Sky Sports reported on Saturday that Rangers boss Graeme Murty is close to signing the Brighton & Hove Albion winger, who will join for around £1 million.

The 28-year-old grew up as a Rangers fan and faced his boyhood club on plenty of occasions during a seven-year stint in Motherwell's senior setup until 2013.

Jamie Murphy of Sheffield United is tackled by Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton during the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match between Sheffield United and Southampton at Bramall Lane on...

Gers boss Murty could do with a wide option like Murphy and former Rangers man Johnstone is certain that he will prove value for money in Glasgow.

"I must admit that I was surprised when I learned that Rangers were prepared to pay a ransfer fee of around £1 million to get Jamie Murphy. But if Murphy puts pen to paper then it will be money well spent. It will be a great bit of business," he told The Glasgow Evening Times.

"He is a smashing footballer. He has played at a good level down south with both Sheffield United and Brighton. Plus, he knows the Scottish game.

Jacob Butterfield of Derby County battles for the ball with Jamie Murphy (L) and Steve Sidwell (R) of Brighton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Brighton &...

"In fact, I think he will be nothing short of a revelation at Ibrox.

"He is the sort of player who gets bums on seats and then gets fans on their feet. He is the kind of player who supporters love to watch."

One big positive of signing a left-sided attacker like Murphy is that it'll allow Josh Windass to operate in his preferred number 10 role.

With Carlos Pena seemingly on the move, Windass is far more important now and he is simply much more effective in a position behind the striker(s), as opposed to the left or right of them.

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