Kevin Phillips has hailed Rangers outcast Jamie Murphy for reigniting his career while on loan at Burton Albion. 

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 30-year-old’s splendid League One form does not mean Steven Gerrard was wrong to let him go.

Murphy joined Burton Albion on loan in January after only making two substitute appearances for the Gers in the 2019/20 campaign.

Since leaving the winger has scored four goals in six games raising serious questions over whether he should have been allowed to leave Glasgow this winter.

When asked if the manager made a mistake letting the Scotland international move, Phillips told Football Insider: “It is a tough one. How many times do we see that when you let a player go…

“For the benefit of the player and Rangers in the long-run, go and play, play well and make a name for yourself and when you come back at the start of next season you are ready to fit straight into that team.

“It has happened so many times.

“Credit to the kid because you leave a huge club like Rangers and everyone expects you to perform and when they do you love to see it. It was the right decision all round.”

It has been a difficult period since the winter break for the Teddy Bears.

Recent results have led to Gerrard’s side falling 10 points behind Old Firm rivals Celtic in the race for the Scottish Premiership, although they do have a game in hand.

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