Noel Whelan has claimed Jamie Murphy no longer has a future at Rangers despite impressing whilst away on loan this season.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted Steven Gerrard needs a higher calibre of player are they to challenge Celtic for the title next season.
The 30-year-old has been in scintillating form since joining Burton Albion on loan in January, scoring seven goals in 10 appearances in League One.
Murphy sealed a dream move to his boyhood club in January 2018 but an anterior cruciate ligament injury in August followed by a torn cartilage in April 2019 has limited the forward’s game time.
When asked if the former Motherwell winger has forced his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans for next season, Whelan told Football Insider: “I do not think so. Rangers will be looking to bigger and better now if they want to compete with Celtic.
“Stevie has Jermain Defoe there and he will be fit for the start of next season and he is more in the plans than Murphy.
“I just cannot see Murphy going back there. If Rangers have aspirations they need younger players or players with more of a stature.”
Murphy, who has one year left on his deal at Ibrox, has made 29 appearances for the Gers since signing from Brighton – registering six goals and 13 assists.