Graeme Murty has told Rangers TV that Jamie Murphy actually asked to be involved in Rangers’s development side’s latest game as he continues to wait for another chance in the first-team.
Murphy has not made an appearance for Steven Gerrard’s side since sustaining a serious injury almost 13 months ago. He has been in full training since the latter stages of last season, but is yet to return to the Gers lineup.
In fact, Gerrard suggested while the transfer window was open that Murphy was likely to leave on loan (via The Scottish Sun).
Of course, the winger remains at Ibrox. And his latest appearance for the club came in their development side’s clash with Hibernian on Wednesday.
Murphy played the first 45 minutes as Murty’s men came from 2-0 down to draw. And after the game, the manager shared that it was the 30-year-old who asked to play in the game.
“Jamie actually asked to play, so for him to want to come and play in this group shows he trusts this group,” he told Rangers TV. “He knows that we’re going to give him the ball, he knows that we can handle the ball. And we can actually serve as a vehicle for him to get to where he wants to be.”
While Murty appears to believe that Murphy can get back into the first-team fold, it does appear to be a tough task for the wide-man.
Rangers already looked set to end the window with a large group of wingers. But Ryan Kent’s deadline day arrival pushed Murphy further down the pecking order.
And while Murty appeared happy with Murphy’s contribution, he will perhaps need to do a lot more to catch Gerrard’s eye in the near future.