Rangers’ mini injury crisis on the wings has led to manager Steven Gerrard hinting that there may be a return to first team action for Jamie Murphy earlier than expected, as reported by the club’s official website.
The 30-year-old is only just returning to something resembling full fitness following his unfortunate anterior cruciate ligament knee injury at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign. He had only just been signed on a permanent deal in the subsequent summer after a successful loan spell.
Murphy was one of few highlights in the tumultuous 2017/18 season, arriving on loan in January and providing 5 goals and 10 assists in just 23 games. The born-and-bred Blue Nose settled immediately, only to be struck down by a season-ending injury on the infamous plastic pitch at Kilmarnock.
Self-inflicted injury to Jordan Jones and a niggling hamstring strain for Ryan Kent has left Gerrard with limited options in the wide areas for the coming weeks. With the games coming thick and fast now, Gerrard accelerating Murphy’s return has been warmly welcomed by Rangers fans.
Here’s a look at how they reacted to the news…
Good, has the correct attitude of demanding to play for the 20’s to get fit rather than be happy to sit and take a wage
— ??? (@1872UnionJack) September 17, 2019
Aye, was our best player the end of that season (not saying much mind). Played most of the games when Gerrard came in before he got injured. Still our second best winger behind Kent IMO
— Richy (@RJB__29) September 17, 2019
Can’t wait to see him back playing again
— ᒪᎥᗩᗰ (@LiamWATP) September 18, 2019
Great give him a good chance. Watp
— cocky (@cocky222) September 17, 2019
Good, he’s a decent player
— Don Simón (@Simon_RFC) September 17, 2019
— mark (@Sparky_4895) September 17, 2019