Tear up whatever prior arrangement that may have been had – Rangers’ Jamie Murphy is well and truly back.
The winger’s time at Ibrox started in brilliant fashion after he arrived in January of 2018, going on to score six times and register 13 assists in just 29 outings.
However, since then, it’s been a tale of frustration for the 30-year-old whose days with the Light Blues looked completely numbered.
A cruciate ligament injury in August 2018 ruled him out for an entire season, missing 52 matches and 302 days.
Now, with just a year on his contract remaining, his future is far from certain. He hasn’t played for the Gers at all this term but is enjoying a sensational revival south of the border with Burton Albion.
On loan with the Brewers in League One, he’s giving Steven Gerrard something to think about. In short, his performances should have the former Liverpool midfielder salivating from the mouth.
Since signing in January, the ex-Motherwell man has played ten times. What’s so incredible, therefore, is that he’s already rattled the back of the net on seven occasions.
There have only been three matches so far where he’s failed to contribute to a single goal, scoring twice in his last match before the season was suspended.
He has six goal involvements in his last six matches too, displaying remarkable consistency for someone who had such a long period out with injury. He’s been awe-inspiring for Burton, also providing a glimpse of what he’s like when at full fitness. That for Rangers should be the most pleasing aspect of his successful spell away so far.
Murphy has a year remaining on his current deal with Rangers but a recent report claims he could still be on his way out of Glasgow on a permanent deal.
Whether that should be the case will probably cause division but he’s certainly showing he can be a useful asset. With Ianis Hagi and Sheyi Ojo due back at their respective parent clubs next season, there will be another opening for Murphy to work himself into future plans.
The wide man has done all he can while in England to prove himself but whether it’s enough only time will tell. It’s surely impossible for Gerrard to ignore what he’s achieved so far – he’s been nothing short of outstanding.