'Can do better' - Rangers star reveals phone call from Gerrard ahead of Ibrox arrival
Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has revealed that he received a phone call from new Rangers manager Steven Gerrard last week as he prepared to jet out to central America with the Scotland squad for friendlies with Peru and Mexico.
The Gers winger completed a permanent switch to Ibrox after the conclusion of the season and admitted he is “excited” about the prospect of working with the Liverpool icon.
Murphy started in Scotland’s 2-0 defeat by Peru in the early hours of Wednesday and insisted the Light Blues can do better next season after only managing a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership last season.
“I spoke to the gaffer and he just wished me luck over here,” Murphy said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“That’s all I’ve been focusing on over the last couple of weeks, coming away here, being in the squad and doing well for Scotland.
“I spoke to the gaffer on the phone briefly. I was away on holiday last week and he just said good luck.
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“It wasn’t unexpected, but any time a new manager speaks to you on the phone it’s welcome. I’m excited with him coming in and we know we can do better.”
Football Insider verdict:
Calling Murphy is a nice touch by Gerrard before he officially gets started as Rangers boss on Friday. Murphy was a key player for the Gers in the second-half of last season and it seems Gerrard views him as being a vital part of his side next season too. Despite scoring five times and contributing ten assists in 19 appearances for the Gers, Murphy didn’t offer enough in big games last season and needs to change that. Having better players around him will no doubt help Murphy improve next season and Gerrard will be hoping he can be as much of a creative force next season. With Murphy’s move believed to have only cost the Gers in the region of £1-1.5million then it should prove to be a good bit of business for the Light Blues. If Murphy can find that extra bit of consistency then he could be the difference between success and failure for the Ibrox giants.
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