Securing Jamie Murphy’s future should be a big priority for Rangers

As reported by The Daily Record, Rangers loan star Jamie Murphy is desperate to make his temporary spell at the club a permanent one, viewing himself as property of the Light Blues already.

What’s the story?

Murphy was one of a number of players who signed up on a loan-to-buy basis in January, giving Graeme Murty’s squad a big boost mid-season.

It’s a boost that could pay off big still, despite falling behind in the Scottish Premiership again, with a huge Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden to follow.

The winger has impressed Rangers supporters in recent months, so they must be happy to hear about his commitment to the club.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the Brighton & Hove Albion man said:

I expect to be here next season, absolutely. I’m already a Rangers player in my mind. Everyone knew how much I wanted this when I got the opportunity and to be fair the manager was great at Brighton – he knew I wanted to come here. They had a big FA Cup game against Manchester United this weekend but, to me, playing against Celtic is a bigger game. Playing Kilmarnock is a bigger game! I dreamed about playing for Rangers when I was a kid.

It certainly sounds like he’s enamoured with life at Ibrox, but has the player, rated at £1.58m by Transfermarkt, done enough to prove he is worth a permanent contract?

Exciting beginnings

With three goals and six assists in 11 appearances for the Light Blues since joining in January, Murphy has been one of the stand-out stars north of the border since his move from Brighton.

It’s a direct goal contribution that the Gers were lacking from that left hand side throughout the season and he’s undoubtedly given them an extra threat.

That ability combined with his passion for playing in a Rangers jersey makes his signature a no-brainer this summer and the club must ensure retaining him is a key priority.