By Wayne Veysey

15th Dec, 2017 | 4:25pm

Betting latest: Rangers installed huge favourites to sign forward after dramatic odds drop

By Richard Parks

Rangers have been installed as clear favourites to sign Brighton forward Jamie Murphy in the January transfer window, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

Bet Victor priced the Glasgow giants at 1/2 on Friday evening to land the 28-year-old from the Premier League club before 3 February of next year.

Rangers are well ahead in the betting race of English Championship clubs Sheffield United (8/1) and Leeds United (10/1), as well as bitter rivals Celtic, Sunderland and Fulham (all 12/1).

Rangers’ price has been dramatically slashed, as they were 6/1 joint favourites with Sheffield United earlier this week to land Murphy in the forthcoming window.

The drop in odds come after the Scottish Sun reported that Rangers are preparing to make a £1.2million move for the Brighton winger next month.

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The newspaper claim that Ibrox director of football Mark Allen has placed the wide man, 28, high on his list of targets for next month and that he is keen to sign Murphy on a permanent contract, although a loan move is a possibility.

Former Scotland Under-21 international Murphy has been on the fringes of the Brighton team this season and failed to make their matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.

The Glaswegian has a fine record at Brighton and previous clubs Sheffield United and Motherwell, in terms of creating and scoring goals.

At United, he scored 21 goals in 122 matches and Murphy netted an impressive 49 times from 212 games.

Football Insider verdict:

Little wonder that Rangers are so strongly linked to Murphy, given his track record in the SPL and his diminished status at Brighton this season. The winger was a regular for Chris Hughton’s team last season but has slipped down the pecking order and could be keen to secure a move in the January window in the search for regular first team football. Rangers are not especially well served for left midfield flyers, a role filled with mixed success by Josh Windass for the majority of the campaign before he was re-deployed as a central striker. Can this deal go through before the window shuts? The bookmakers certainly seem to think so.

In other Rangers transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal the Ibrox giants have opened talks over signing a 22-year-old powerhouse in the January window as they aim to blow Celtic out of the water.

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