Jamie Murphy has admitted that he considered leaving Rangers on loan in the summer, The Scottish Sun reports.
After careful deliberation with Steven Gerrard, the 30-year-old decided to stay at Rangers. He is a boyhood Rangers fan and this played a major role in his decision. He wanted to stay and prove his point at Ibrox.
Murphy has been out for 14 months with a serious knee injury. This season, he has been stepping up his rehabilitation in training and he is getting back to full fitness.
The twice-capped Scotland international recently completed his comeback with a 26-minute cameo against Hamilton Academical. Murphy was delighted to return and has opened up on how he nearly left Rangers on loan.
Speaking about his summer options, Murphy said (via The Scottish Sun): “We had a good few chats. The manager has been great with me since I came back from the injury.
“He told me what he expected and I said what I was looking for. We both agreed it was better I stayed and fought for my place.”
Murphy gives Gerard another option in the wide areas. The former Brighton winger can be a real handful if he gets back to his full fitness and Gerrard needs to use his squad options with a heavy fixture schedule.
He was recently dropped out of the matchday squad as Ryan Kent returned. But it is a long season and Murphy will get more chances if he can stay fit.