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What does Rangers signing Jordan Jones mean for forgotten man Jamie Murphy?

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What does Rangers signing Jordan Jones mean for forgotten man Jamie Murphy?

Steven Gerrard signed Jamie Murphy permanent in the summer but Rangers will welcome Jordan Jones to Ibrox this summer.

Rangers have started to build for next season by completing deals for both Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones. The latter has been a long-term target for Rangers and was linked with a move to Ibrox last January. Rangers finally have their man, with the Northern Irish speedster set to join on a free transfer.

It is a great piece of business for Rangers and universally, everyone will be pleased the deal is going ahead at Rangers.

However, it is perhaps not great news for a forgotten man at Rangers.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 28: Jamie Murphy of Rangers takes a look around the pitch prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hampden Park on October 28, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scottish side signed Jamie Murphy on a permanent deal from Brighton in May. It was a welcome move from Rangers, after a successful loan spell.

The Glasgow-born childhood Rangers fan had been brilliant at Ibrox. His form with Rangers earned him his first Scotland cap.

However, the 29-year-old’s season came to an abrupt end in August. A severe knee injury ruled him out of the rest of the season.

 

“We have had the confirmation, just, and unfortunately it is sad news for Jamie and I am bitterly disappointed over it.

“He will be missing for the remainder of the season. He has an ACL injury and we got the news we all didn’t want.”

– Rangers boss Steven Gerrard on Jamie Murphy’s injury


Getting back into the Rangers team when fit next season will now be a big challenge for the player. Not only will Jones be in his way,  but the emerging Glenn Middleton and a potential permanent deal for Ryan Kent would leave Murphy struggling to get in the Rangers side.

It could be he swiftly becomes a forgotten man at Ibrox.

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