That cruciate knee injury 10 months ago might have ended Jamie Murphy’s Rangers career before it even began.
Just a few weeks earlier, the Gers fanatic made his childhood dream come true by sealing a £1 million permanent move to Ibrox from Brighton and Hove Albion (Sky). At the time, signing an exciting forward from a Premier League club looked like a real coup for the Glasgow giants with Murphy arguably their most high-profile signing since they were promoted back to the top flight in 2016.
But it’s a testament to how far Rangers have come under Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen that, almost one year after that horrific injury blow, Murphy probably wouldn’t be missed if he was sold this summer.
According to the Scottish Sun, new Blackpool boss Simon Grayson is hoping to bring the 29-year-old to Bloomfield Road, two years after he tried and failed to sign Murphy for Sunderland.
But what sort of a role, if any, should Murphy have in Gerrard’s first-team plans? Well, the fact that Daniel Candeais was left out of his first Europa League squad of the season speaks volumes about the quality Rangers have now in wide areas.
In Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie, they have snapped up two of the most explosive and exciting forwards in Scottish football. And Sheyi Ojo, another Liverpool loanee, has made a huge impression in pre-season.
Candeias is another reliable option, meaning you could argue that, if he stays, Murphy could find himself fifth in the pecking order. The standards just keep rising at Rangers as Gerrard’s squad gets stronger and stronger.
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