Chris Sutton has suggested that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard made a mistake loaning out Jamie Murphy in January and isn’t convinced by his transfer business on the whole.
The 30-year-old winger missed the majority of last season through injury and only made two senior appearances this campaign for the Gers before departing on loan.
He made the temporary switch to England to join League One outfit Burton Albion for the remainder of the season and has made a great start for the mid-table team.
The Scottish wide player already has three goals and one assist in his opening five appearances as a Burton player.
Murphy is proving that he’s back to match sharpness after a long-term injury layout and is proving what a goal threat he can be.
Pundit Sutton has delivered a criticism of Gerrard over some of his transfer decisions at Rangers and is confused over why Murphy was allowed to depart on loan.
“Gerrard has acquired too much deadwood. He has enjoyed ample backing in the transfer market by his board and there’s been some serious wastage,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.
“Ovie Ejaria, Eros Grezda, Lassana Coulibaly, Kyle Lafferty, Umar Sadiq, Joe Worrall, Matt Polster, Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart, Brandon Barker, Sheyi Ojo, Andy King. Some of them still around when Jamie Murphy, a good type, has been farmed out and is playing well.”
Murphy’s absence in the first half of the season was questioned by supporters at times and there suspicions have been proved right following the string of performances he’s put together since linking up with Burton.
His signature looked an excellent one on paper for the League One team when he joined them and it’s no surprise that he’s started firing for them.
Rangers have had some issues at times in the final third in terms of players chipping in with goals, aside from the main forward pairing of Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos.
Murphy should at least have been given more an opportunity in the first half of the season by the looks of it and he could have added something to the group right now.