Rangers legend Stuart McCall thinks winger Jamie Murphy could be the difference in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with Celtic at Hampden – and believes the 28-year-old is “ready” to be an important player for the Gers.
Murphy joined the Light Blues on loan from Brighton in January and is expected to complete a permanent move at the end of the season.
McCall worked with Murphy at Motherwell and claims the winger has the ability to “give Celtic a hard time” at the national stadium.
“It’s all about what happens on the day but Jamie has got the ability to give Celtic a hard time on Sunday,” said McCall, as quoted by The Scotsman.
“There’s no doubt about that. You’ve already seen what he can do for Rangers so far. The goal he scored against Motherwell at Fir Park a couple of weeks ago, I saw him do that so many times when I was manager there – coming inside, coming inside again and then cutting the ball back into the net.
“It was a terrific signing for Rangers in January. He’s at the right age now to play for them. When I was at Motherwell, Jamie was linked with Rangers then but I don’t think he was ready at that stage. He is now.”
Murphy has been in fantastic form for the Gers since arriving on loan with five goals and seven assists in his 13 appearances.
The Old Firm clash gives the Gers a chance to take a step closer to ending their seven-year wait for a major trophy.
Football Insider verdict:
Murphy will undoubtedly be a huge player for the Gers at Hampden and will be vital if they are to pick up their first Old Firm win in two years. The former Motherwell ace has been a brilliant signing by the Gers and will be a massive part of the side when he completes his permanent move to Ibrox. McCall is right with his assertion that the winger is “ready” to play for the Ibrox giants now and is a much better player for his time in England than the one who left Motherwell in 2013.
In other Rangers news, Gers fans were blown away by this winger’s performance in the 4-0 win over Breidablik.