Rangers boss Steven Gerrard explains Jamie Murphy omission

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 11, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jamie Murphy did not feature for Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers at the weekend.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard reacts during the UEFA Europa League third round qualifying match between Rangers and Midtjylland at Ibrox Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has explained to the club’s official website why he did not use Jamie Murphy against East Fife at the weekend.

The Gers got the better of East Fife 3-0 away from home in the Scottish League Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Murphy was part of the matchday squad for Rangers, but the 29-year-old did not come on and was an unused substitute.

 

Rangers manager Gerrard has explained why he decided not play the Scotland international winger against Ease Fife at the Bayview Stadium.

Gerrard told Rangers’ official website: “I was thinking of maybe putting him on, but we are here on astro-turf again – and there is no evidence to say astro-turf caused the problem – but I just wasn’t comfortable putting him on there.

“We were winning the game with a clean sheet and Jake Hastie has been waiting patiently in the wings, working very hard and trained very well yesterday, so he deserved a run-out.”

Jamie Murphy of Rangers celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Going out on loan

Murphy suffered cruciate knee ligament damage last August, and while he has been training with the Rangers first team, Gerrard recently said, as quoted by The Scottish Sun, that the Scotland international could be sent out on loan in the summer transfer window.

With competition for places fierce in the Rangers starting lineup and the Gers having quite a few wingers, it would make sense for Murphy to go out on loan.

Murphy joined Rangers on a permanent contract from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 2018 for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £1 million after a loan spell at Ibrox.

Jamie Murphy of Rangers controls the ball from Ermedin Adem of FC Shkupi during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018...

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