Rangers suffered a crushing defeat in midweek at Rugby Park as Kilmarnock overturned a first half deficit to clinch all three points on the night.
It was a demoralising and familiar story for the Gers who looked bereft of ideas for long spells.
Ryan Kent was willing to drive with the ball at his feet but often found himself running down cul-de-sacs and stifling Rangers’ attacking threat as a result.
And, rather ironically, this result arrived the evening after Jamie Murphy notched his third goal in five games for Burton Albion.
The 30-year-old winger joined the Brewers on loan from Rangers in January and has immediately made an impact in League One, as his goal scoring record attests to.
Given Steven Gerrard’s struggle to squeeze anything by way of creativity out of his side in recent weeks, it was no surprise that certain fans were calling for Murphy to return to Ibrox.
Gees him back !!!
— Mikey Scott (@Mikey1872786) February 13, 2020
Come back home 🙏🙏🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— 🇬🇧 (@fogMCKgy) February 12, 2020
Similar sentiment were echoed by other supporters who suggested he was the type of player they needed to unlock the door at Killie.
Not only was his technical quality required but his passion too.
We could have used him today
— Devon Jackson (@devons_jackson) February 13, 2020
Honestly could’ve done with your passion last night
— James Moore (@NOTELINYI) February 13, 2020
Finally, three fans slated the club’s decision to let him leave the club on loan.
One fan labelled Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker as frauds who amazingly remain at the club while Murphy thrives elsewhere, and another claimed the loanee is the the perfect inside forward.
How Rangers could do with one of those right about now…
Baffles me we have frauds like Ojo and Barker not making the 18 and taking a good wage and we let him go on loan …. Look what a run of games has done for Murphy, why couldn’t it have been at us. We look lost just now when we attack apart from Hagi
— Greig Robertson (@RobertsonGreig) February 12, 2020
Some would say hes a perfect inside forward. A hell of alot more direct and efficient than barker ojo jones stewart? Terrible decision to let him go out on loan.
— Adam (@Adaam111089) February 13, 2020
Still a shocking decision to let him go from Rangers
— Gordon Mairs (@mairsy_80) February 13, 2020