With Jamie Murphy signed and Scott Arfield linked, Rangers deserve credit for transfer plans

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers needed left-wingers at Ibrox and they have already raided Brighton and Hove Albion; now they could make a move on Premier League rivals Burnley.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers went into the winter transfer market with a left winger top of their list of priorities.

And the month could hardly have started any worse when Lewis Morgan, the St Mirren starlet Rangers had hoped to bring back to Ibrox three years after they released him, agreed a deal to join Old Firm enemies Celtic instead.

Shortly after, it became clear that Jamie Walker had gone off the idea of swapping Hearts for the Gers. Rangers had three bids rejected for the 22-year-old in the summer and, with Walker seemingly unhappy that they were reluctant to meet his £1 million price-tag, he instead headed off to join Wigan Athletic.

Jamie Walker of Heart of Midlothian controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Although while there have been a few missteps, the January window could still prove to be a real success for Graeme Murty and under-pressure director of football Mark Allen.

Murphy should fill the void on the left of Rangers’ attack now he has completed his much-anticipated move from Brighton. Murphy, who has joined on loan with an obligation to buy, is one of the most eye-catching and high-profile signings the club has made in many a year.

And according to The Mirror (live blog, 3.28pm), Rangers could yet follow that up with the addition of Scotland-born Canada international Scott Arfield.

Scott Arfield of Burnley celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Watford at Turf Moor on December 9, 2017 in Burnley, England.

The 29-year-old has just a few months left on his contract at Premier League high-flyers Burnley, for whom he has started the last seven games. West Ham and Crystal Palace are keen but Rangers are understood to also be in the race.

So even though a deal is far from done as things stand, Rangers deserve a great deal of credit for bouncing back from the failures of Morgan and Walker to secure one Premier League player and trying for another.

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